Policemen from A-Division Ughelli, Delta State were said to have recovered a locally made gun from the troubled Evwerni community a few hours after Adjogbe’s younger brother was shot and killed.
Three days after the gruesome murder of the 34-year-old Sylvester Adjogbe at his family compound the police like two previous killings in the community has not made any arrest, while those accused of having a hand in the dastardly act are allegedly walking freely in the community.
It would be recalled that trouble started at Evwerni on Wednesday afternoon after a failed attempt by the police to arrest one suspect fingered in June 20 attempted assassination of Engr Samuel Adjogbe along the East/West road close to the community.
It was gathered that some youths from the community prevented police officers from State Criminal Investigation Department, Asaba, led by one John Agbajie, from arresting the suspect, one Atiri Stephen following Adjogbe’s petition.
The local vigilante members were allegedly instructed to attack any relatives of Engr Samuel Adjogbe after the police had been stopped from arresting suspect, an incident that led to the death of Sylvester who was killed at his father’s house.
However, in a new twist, the police stated in their report obtained by our correspondent that the locally made gun was handed over to them saying that it was recovered from one of those injured in the attack and currently receiving treatment at an undisclosed hospital at Ughelli.
According to the police incident report dated 01/07/2020, it stated that men from SCID Asaba led by ASP John Agbajie arrived Evwreni community on investigation and the team was assisted by a patrol team from A-Division, Ughelli, but on arrival at the community, “the team could not locate the suspect, however, they were confronted by a protest on their way out of the community.
“Immediately the team left the community it received a distress call from the vigilante Chairman Evwreni that there is a clash in his community and immediately they dispatched two teams from Operation Safe Delta. Upon arrival of the police teams, the king of Evwreni handed over a locally made gun and a suspect with multiple injuries to the head.”
The report added that it later received information that one Sylvester a younger brother to Engr Adjogbe was killed during the clash, adding that “while recording statement of the suspect handed over by the king, one Omamus Akporuekpo ^m^ x he made a confessional statement that x he collected the locally made gun from the deceased at the scene before the community arrested him.”
Delta State Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Onome Onowakpoyeya, when contacted confirmed “that one locally made gun was recovered,” and that the police is still investigating the incident.
Reacting to the police report, Mr Lucky Adjogbe, also an elder brother to the slain Sylvester, accused the police of being economical with the truth.
According to him if the police from A-Division in Ughelli is alleging that the locally made gun which was handed over by the king belongs to the deceased, who killed my brother, or did he shoot himself?
“Now they are coming up with a phoney narrative that the young man who was attacked by the same people who killed our brother, whose sister recently cried out that his 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?
‘Since the police are quick to spinout this narrative to shield the real culprit who is the mastermind of the attempted assassination 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 served.
Commissioner of Police CP, Delta State Police Command, Mr Hafiz Mohammed Inuwa on May 6, 2020, waded into the communal crisis rocking the Evwreni following the disbandment of the local security outfits in the kingdom.
The CP at a stakeholder’s meeting at his office in Asaba, with the monarch, Ovie of Evwreni kingdom, HRM Oghenekevwe Kumane; Odion-Esiri of Evwreni kingdom, High Chief Godsgrace Amrophe; President-General, Evwreni Clan Improvement Union, Mr Bright Adjogbe; Ughelli Police Area Commander, ACP Lawan Shinkafi; DPO, A-Division Ughelli, CSP Kelvin Zuokomor; Ughelli North Council Chairman; Mr Godwin Adode and other stakeholders, charged the warring factions to work together in the overall interest of the kingdom.
The meeting which was at the instance of the Commissioner of Police, after efforts by the Ughelli Police Area Commander and Ughelli Council Chairman failed to yield the desired result of resolving the crisis which started in mid-March.