The attention of the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammad Adamu, and the Commissioner of Police, Delta State Command, Muhammed Inuwa, have been drawn to a murder case which occurs in Otokutu Community, In Ughelli South Local Government Area of Delta state, which involve a brutal clubbing to death of a father of three, who rides commercial tricycle, Sylvester Okonedo, by suspected members of a local vigilante outfit in the state.
A Delta-based Foundation for Rights Advocate, the group that drew the attention of the police to tje murder case, wants the police IG to order an investigation into the Unlawful killing Sylvester Okonedo.
Okonedo, a father of three, was reportedly beaten to death on April 8, 2020, by members of the Otokutu local vigilante outfit in the Ughelli South Local Government Area of the state for allegedly refusing to part with N50, while exiting Otokutu.
The deceased was said to have earlier paid the same amount to the vigilantes, who mounted an illegal roadblock at the entrance to the community.
Eyewitnesses stated that the deceased, who was beaten with a plank, managed to crawl to the Otokutu Market Square, where he eventually collapsed before he was aided to hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
One Harrison Gwamnishu, who posted on social media, accused operatives of the Delta State Police Command of being responsible for Okonedo’s untimely death.
However, the National President of the foundation, ‘Tega Shalokpe, stated that investigation discreetly carried out in the community indicated that one of the local vigilante men, who smashed a plank on Okonedo’s head, was still walking about freely.
The FRA boss appealed to the IGP and Inuwa to thoroughly investigate the killing and bring the culprits as well as the person, who wrongly accused the police of being responsible for the death, to justice.
Reacting, Inuwa confirmed the arrest of some suspects in connection with the killing.
The Delta state Commissioner of Police, Muhammed Inuwa, however, promised to “dig deeper” into the incident with a view to ensuring that justice was served accordingly.