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SaharaReporters & Death Of Investigative Journalism―By Innocent Ojefia


It is most unfortunate that Sahara Reporters has turned itself into a cheap medium for blackmail, propaganda and mischievous reporting. 

The caption of its story: Sacked Delta speaker Igbuya leads thugs to chase Governor Okowa from project site in Sapele is not only shocking and misleading but also unnecessarily sensational.

It is with utmost subterfuge, sinister and ominous motives that Sahara Reporters couched its story and the same goes for other trending stories online about the stoning incidents. They want to imply that the stoning arose from grouse against His Excellency, the Governor but that is totally false.

For the records, at Sapele, the news that the new speaker will be present at the ceremonies infuriated some youths who described themselves as supporters of the impeached speaker. 

Every rational mind should expect that as a member representing Sapele constituency, some miscreants who were hitherto benefiting from the former speaker would one way or the other, express their aversion towards his removal, which is understandable. 

At Osissa, the grievance of the youths was not against the Governor but against the presence of policemen. 

The youths complained that whenever the police were called in the past over matters relating to attacks by herdsmen, they never responded but when called by herdsmen, the response of the police was often swift.

At no time did the youths attack, abuse or raise their voice against the Governor. On both occasions, the Governor took time to interact with the youths and it is public knowledge that both ceremonies went on as scheduled and without hitches. 

The Governor is continuing with the town hall meetings in Sapele and Oghara today.

It should be emphasized that Governor Okowa remains committed and focused on his vision of prosperity for all Deltans. 

Despite the economic recession and the shortfall in revenue of the three tiers of governance, Governor Okowa has shown diligence and best practices in the management of the State’s resources, juggling between payment of salaries and the provision of infrastructure.

Sahara Reporters should resist being used by the opposition in the State as a tool for misinformation and source of distraction to the government. Enough of the sidekicks.

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