By Emma Amaize & Akpokona Omafuaire
WARRI – SUSPECTED political assassins have shot dead a 55-year-old woman, Mrs. Gloria Ewenode and her 37-year-old daughter, Miss Joy Owolo after raping her at Effurun in Uvwie Local Government Area of Delta State.
The son of the deceased, Mr. Aghogbo Ewenode, told newsmen in Warri, yesterday, that her mother and sister were shot dead on Tuesday at their residence, 12, Petroleum Training Institute, PTI.
“I am now homeless. I have lost my mother and sister. Where do I begin from? I am now a bad luck to my family; my conviction to remain in DPP has caused me sorrow,” Ewenode lamented, saying his family members were slain because he rebuffed the threat to join a political party in the state.
His words: “I was told that some thugs have killed a woman and daughter in our area, I was shocked and I demanded to know but I was told it did not concern me. Later my brother called me that our mother and sister have been killed.
“I rushed to the place and saw both of them in their pool of blood. We rushed them to hospital and my sister died at about midday but my mother died on Wednesday night at the Warri Central Hospital after bleeding so much.”
Amid tears, he stated: “It pained me so much, my sister that just completed her NYSC and waiting for job was raped by the thugs and after that, was shot twice through her private part. I feel bad. Is it by force that you must join the big party? I have a choice to choose which party to belong and because of that they have killed my family.”
Aghogho disclosed that before his mother and sister were killed, there was a long standing disagreement between him and some members of the party and they threatened to kill him and members of his family if he refused to support their party.
According to him, “the group came to tell me to work with them instead of the DPP where I belong. I have been agent to the DPP man since 2003.
“They beat me up in February because of this same issue where I sustained injuries. It was the police that came to rescue me on that occasion.
Because of their threat, I packed out from my mother’s house in Effurun to our house in Warri. Even after that, they called me to say that I should remember that my people are still in Effurun that if they can’t get me, they will erase my family from the surface of the earth,” he said.