By DAVIES IHEAMNACHOR
OVOGO- SOME sinful youths of Ovogo community, Odoegu clan in Emohua Local Government Area, Rivers State, have outrageously murdered and buried a 22-year-old crane operator with a Port-Harcourt construction company, Chimnumezi Wokoma, in a pit toilet.
Police recover corpse: His remains were recovered from the pit toilet by men of the Nigeria Police Force, NPF, from the Divisional Headquarters, Rumuji in Rivers state, amidst cries by family members and sympathizers, who were shuddered by the despicable act.
Niger Delta Voice gathered that the deceased, who hailed from Omuogbo, Ibaa, also in Emohua local government area, accompanied a friend to Ovogo community to intercede in a dispute between his friend’s sister and some boys in the town.
Violence: Our source said Chimnumeze, who proceeded with his friend to Ovogo barely after he returned from Port-Harcourt on the ill-fated day, entered the compound, where his friend’s sister was residing with the boys, and was sitting on the pavement when one of them pounced on him with a cutlass.
His words, “It was obvious that they did not come to fight, he came with his friend to intervene in the matter between his sister and some boys. He had just entered the compound when one of the boys made for a cutlass and attacked him where he was sitting.”
It was learned that other members of the group joined in attacking him and his friend and in the ensuing fracas, Chimnumezi was killed.
I’m dazed – Father
The deceased’s father, Mr. John Wokoma, who is a member of Ibaa vigilante, said the news of the brutal murder of his son came to him as a shock, explaining that his son was in the house when his friend came to call him to follow him to visit his sister at Ovogo.
“My son does not have any problem with the people that killed him. I pity the people that killed my son because I will ensure that justice and punishment is meted out accordingly. Can you imagine, just that my son followed somebody for a visit, the next thing we heard after he did not return that night, on Monday morning, was that my son is dead.
“The boy in question who took my son to Ovogo for the visit attested that the boys whom he took my son to see over a disagreement that ensued between them and his sister attacked them.”
Search party: “I thought it was not a serious issue, so as a law abiding citizen of the land, I involved the police and men of the Joint Task Force, JTF. When we got to Ovogo, through investigation, we found out that the boys killed by son and buried him without anybody’s notice,” he asserted.
Mr. Wokoma said after it was confirmed that boys assassinated his son, “The problem now became, if he has been killed and buried as alleged by some informants, then where was he buried?
“So the police officers in their intelligence were able to trace the drops of blood to a direction, right at a dustbin, they discovered the legs of a buried corpse.
“They alerted us that they have seen the corpse, so we looked for some young men who tied rope on the remains of my son and dragged it out of the hole, where he has been buried by his killers. Truly the boys killed my son and buried him,” he bemoaned.
They murdered my only child— Bereaved mother
Chimnumezi’s mother, Mrs Nkiruka, who was stunned by the incident, said the deceased was her only son.
She swore that the boys, who conspired and killed her only child, would not go unpunished and pleaded with government to bring the culprits to book without much ado.
We’re waiting to know why our son was killed
Community Development Committee, CDC, chair in Ibaa, Mr. Sunday Amadi, said Ibaa people were waiting for the people to come and explain to them why the decided to kill and bury an Ibaa son.
He commended the Divisional Police Officer, DPO, in charge of Rumuji Police Station and Commander, JTF, Ibaa for their efforts in recovering the remains of their son, which stand as evidence that he was murdered.
Meanwhile, the police said that investigations were ongoing on the matter. End.