Extra-Judicial Murder: Family Petitions COAS, IGP, Others Over Death Of 41-yr Old 

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    By ONYEKACHUKWU MELUWA, Warri

    The larger Adogbeji family of Aghalokpe Town, Okpe Local Government
    Area of Delta State has petitioned the Chief of Army Staff, the
    Inspector General of Police, the Director General of the Department of
    State Service, DSS and the Acting Secretary, National Human Rights
    Commission (NHRC) over the death of their late son, Mr. David Adogbeji
    who was extra-judicially murdered allegedly by men of the Nigerian
    Army 19 Battalion in Koko, Warri North Local Government Area of Delta
    State.

    AUTHENTIC News Daily gathered that he was  killed for allegedly being a militant as well as accused for the kidnap of one Mrs. Akpevwe Odebala and killing of two soldiers.

    The family who is represented by Mr. Kingsley Adogbeji and Mrs.
    Princess Adogbeji, brother and wife of the deceased is also calling
    for a “discreet” and “dispassionate” investigation of the alleged
    murder of their son and bring the erring soldiers and any other person
    involved to justice as well as release the corpse of the deceased to
    them and other members of his family for burial.

    In a statement signed by the family’s lawyer, Mr. Oghenejabor Ikimi
    Esq, the Adogbeji family claimed that the deceased 41 years was a
    businessman and the owner of Utieyin Boutique along Akintola Road,
    Sapele, Delta State and married with two children stressing that,”The
    deceased was a law abiding citizen of Nigeria and was never a
    militant, kidnapper nor an armed robber.”

    The family noted that the deceased was maliciously arrested by men of
    the Nigeria Police, Sapele in March, 2017  and later transferred to the
    State CID, Asaba, Delta State at the instance of one Prince Odebala
    who trumped up a false petition against him that he was the brain
    behind the kidnap of his wife, Mrs.. Akpevwe Odebala but the deceased
    vehemently denied the charge at the State CID, Asaba, Delta State.

    According to the family, upon the investigation by detectives at the
    State CID, Asaba the deceased was released on bail after he was found
    not culpable and exonerated of the above charge at the State CID,
    Asaba.

    The Adogbeji family stated that the said Prince Odebala was infuriated
    and called some soldiers from the 19 battalion, Nigerian Army from
    Koko to Sapele to arrest the deceased at his residence and was taken
    to TIMA GUEST HOUSE, Sapele, for interrogation, after which the
    soldiers released the deceased and warned Prince Odebala to stop
    accusing him of being the brain behind the kidnap of his wife, Mrs.
    Akpevwe Odebala.

    The Adogbeji family further claimed that the dissatisfied Prince
    Odebala wrote a petition against the deceased to the Force
    Headquarters, Abuja on the pretext that he was a militant and the
    brain behind the kidnap of his wife, Mrs. Akprvwe Odebala which the
    deceased also again vehemently denied.

    Based on the above petition, the deceased and his wife, Mrs. Princess
    Adogbeji were arrested by Men of the Intelligence Response Team,IRT
    attached to the Office of the Inspector General of Police, Abuja, and
    was kept at the “B” Division of the Nigeria Police Station, Warri for
    some days, after which they were granted bail and the deceased
    transferred to Force Headquarters, Abuja for further interrogation and
    investigation.

    The Adogbeji family stated that the complainant Prince Odebala refused
    to show up at the invitation Intelligence Response Team, Abuja through
    the period of about two weeks the deceased was detained at the Force
    Headquarters.

    The IRT had requested Odebala to bring alongside his wife who at the
    material time, suspiciously emerged from her kidnapped escapade.

    “Owing to the above development, the deceased was granted
    administrative bail by Men of the Intelligence Response Team (IRT)
    Force Headquarters, Abuja after which the complainant and his wife
    were severally requested by the said Police to report at the Force
    Headquarters to show cause why the deceased should be Prosecuted. The
    deceased was eventually exonerated by the said Police.”

    The Adgbeji family that the soldiers from the 19 battalion of the
    Nigerian Army,Koko stormed the residence of the deceased at Shell Road
    Off Teachers’ Street, Sapele in an Army Hilux Van driven by a soldier
    popularly known as MALIK (sic) and was whisked away by the said
    soldiers in the presence of his wife and children under the guise that
    the deceased and one Mr. Robinson Okotie were among some of the
    militants who have been involved in the disruption and bombings of oil
    wells in the Niger Delta Creeks on the 20th day of August, 2017 at
    about 8:00pm.

    The Adogbeji family stated that they were convinced that their
    deceased brother and father was set up by the soldiers of the 19
    battalion, Nigerian Army, Koko via some phone calls as the said
    soldiers kept promising on phone that the deceased and other suspects
    would be transferred to the Department of State Security Services,
    Abuja for necessary interrogation and investigation.

    The Adogbeji claimed that the promise by the soldiers prompted them to
    go to the Office of the Department of State Security Services, Abuja
    only to be informed that the deceased and other suspects are not in
    their custody.

    The Adogbeji family expressed shock when heard the news of the death
    of the deceased in the social media to the effect that he was amongst
    other militants that were killed by the Nigerian Army in the Creek of
    the Niger-Delta during the exchange of fire between some soldiers of
    the 19 battalion, Nigerian Army, Koko and some militants.

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