Symbol of Justice
The senator representing Delta North senatorial district in the Senate, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, has petitioned the State Security Service (SSS) over his alleged involvement and influence in the siting of an oil flow station in Owa-Alidinma in Ika North East Local Government Area of Delta State by a multi-national oil giant, Pan Ocean Oil Company.
Okowa, who disclosed this Wednesday in Asaba at a press conference, said it became necessary for him to petition the SSS to clear his name, redeem his image and ensure that mischief makers did not cash-in on it for political gains.
Okowa, who spoke through his Director of Information and Communications, Eugene Azuka Uzum, described the allegations as “malicious, frivolous, wicked, unwarranted and unacceptable,” adding that “already the SSS is investigating the issue and the persons involved have been invited for questioning.”
He said: “The Pan Ocean Oil Company has debunked the allegations made by the traditional ruler of Abavo Kingdom in Ika South Local Government Area, Obi Uche Erenuma II that he (Okowa) was behind the alleged plan to relocate a proposed flow station from Obiayima in Abavo to Owa Alidinma in Ika North East Local Government Area.”
Okowa said Pan Ocean’s community liaison officer, Mr. Felix Oweh, had since disclosed at a meeting held in Asaba that they did not not have any dealing directly or indirectly with him or his proxies.
According to the Senator the oil firm has since explained that the company was surprised and disappointed when it read in the newspapers that he (Okowa) is the mastermind of the proposed relocation of the flow station to Owa Alidinma as against Obiayima, adding that at no time did he approach the company for such request.
He said the oil company also stated that technical and economic considerations are taken into cognizance before flow stations can be sited anywhere in any part of the world, stressing that the siting of a flow station is not a decision Pan Ocean could take alone without inputs from the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), and NAPIMS have supervisory authority over Pan Ocean exploration activities.
Okowa therefore demanded an apology from the Obi of Abavo for maligning and bringing his name to disrepute or else appropriate legal actions will commence.
A fortnight ago, the traditional ruler of Abavo Kingdom, Obi Uche Erenuma II led a protest along major streets in Asaba, alleging that Senator Okowa was behind an alleged plan to relocate a proposed flow station from Obiatima in Abavo to Owa Alidinma.