…call on IGP, CP, Okowa to investigate killing of Sylvester, others

The Ajogbe family of Evwreni community, Ughelli North Local Government Area of Delta State, have called on the Inspector General of Police and Governor Ifeanyi Okowa to investigate and bring to book, those behind the untimely death of two young men, failed assassination attempts, destruction of properties and displacement of many families in the community.

Speaking on behalf of the family at a press conference, Dr Lucky Adjogbe also told the police authority and government to end the killings in the community.

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Adjogbe recalled “that on March 22nd, 2020, Okakor Omoghene was allegedly killed without provocation by the Bakassi boys (Vigilante) backed by a traditional ruler and up till now, the body of the deceased is yet to be found and police failed to investigate and bring those behind it to book, even when the identity of the killer is known to them.

“Recall that following the disbandment of the local security outfit (Bakassi), the Bakassi, purportedly acting on the order of a traditional ruler, allegedly shot two persons; one Mr Marcus Uba and a little girl, Miss Esther Kowfigho, while the house of Mr Matthew Uba was vandalized, the case was reported at the A-Division of Ughelli police headquarters, till date nobody was arrested or interrogated or prosecuted. “Emboldened by the lack of the police to act, on June 20, 2020, immediate past Executive Director, Projects of the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, Engr Sam Adjogbe, escaped assassination attempt along the East/West road close to the community, no arrest has been made so far even when he petitioned the police authority, those behind it are walking freely at Evwerni, while the police look away.

“Not done with their evil agenda to eliminate every member of our family they could lay their hands on, a traditional ruler mobilized some youths from the community and his Bakassi boys to prevent police officers from State Criminal Investigation Department, Asaba, led by one John Agbajie, from arresting the suspect, one Atiri Stephen involved in the assassination attempt of Engr Samule Adjogbe.

“That after successfully preventing the arrest of the suspect who was allegedly pre-informed of the CP team coming to arrest him by some officers in A-Division at Ughelli, Bakassi boys (Vigilante) acting on the order of a traditional ruler started shooting sporadically.

“They later moved to our family house at Evwerni where they met our younger brother, Mr Sylvester Adjogbe, a 34-year-old man and he was allegedly shot dead while many others sustained various degrees of injuries.

“One week after the gruesome murder of the 34-year-old Sylvester Adjogbe at our family compound in Evwerni, the police like other previous killings in the community, has not made any arrest, rather they have turned their fang on a witness, Omamuyovwi Akpuruekpo, one of those injured in the attack that led to the death of Mr Sylvester Adjogbe’s death and he is currently being harassed and intimidated by some officers from Police A-Division, Ughelli”.

“We are calling off the Inspector General of Police and Commissioner of Police CP, Delta State Police Command, Mr Hafiz Mohammed Inuwa and the Governor of Delta State Senator Ifeanyi Okowa to investigate the circumstance leading to the murder of my younger brother who is in his prime on the order of a traditional ruler and bring the perpetrator to book, anything short of this is injustice.

“We are not sure of getting justice from the police in A-Division at Ughelli, because they are more like an interested party in this case and the crisis at Evwreni.

Is the police saying that they are not aware that our brother was shot dead on the alleged order of a traditional ruler, who instructed them to shoot him because he is one of Ajogbe’s sons? “Now the police in A-Division, Ughelli are coming up with a phoney narrative that the young man who was attacked by the same people who killed our brother, who sister Edijala Akpuruekpo who recently cried out that his brother’s life is in danger following a visit to the hospital where he was receiving treatment by a former lawmaker, is the one that handed over the gun to the king, and they want the world to believe that?

“Why is it difficult for the police to be unbiased in this matter, does a traditional ruler in a kingdom in Delta State have immunity from arrest for criminal and felony offence, if a traditional ruler does not enjoy such immunity from the law why is the police incapable of doing their job? If they have done the needful when the previous attacks were reported by arresting the mastermind and prosecuting them to serve as a deterrent, our brother’s life would not have been taking away in such a brazen manner.

“Since the police are quick to spinout this narrative to shield the real culprit who is the mastermind of the attempted assassination of Engr Samuel Adjogbe on June 20th, 2020 and the murder of Sylvester by blaming a soft target, the police should do well to produce the killer of our brother and ensure that justice is to serve”.

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