A distraught family of a 20-year-old Ekene Umejiego, has demanded from the Nigeria Police authority to interrogate the mysterious and suspicion death of their son.
The family, while raising the alarm over the 20-year-old death, alleged that he died under controversial circumstances.
According to the family, the deceased’s guardian, Jeffery Agbroko Oghenemine in Warri, Delta State, knew more about the circumstances under which Umejiego died and wanted the police to investigate circumstances surrounding hus death.
In two separate petitions addressed to Assistant Inspector-General of Police (AIG), Zone 5 in Benin City from the chambers of Olayiwola Afolabi and K.O. Obamogie, both in Benin City on behalf of Chika Solomon an uncle to the deceased, the family asked the zone to take over the investigation from the Delta State Police Command so that justice would be served in the matter and the suspected killer of their son would be exposed.
The petition alleged that the guardian of Ekene visited his mother in Benin City on the 16th of June in company of an armed soldier and his lawyer to inform her of the death of her son, saying that the deceased was found in front of their estate gate claiming to have been shot by unknown gunmen and that he died before he was rushed to the hospital.
It was further claimed that rather than talking about finding the killers, the guardian only told Ekene’s mother that he would take care of her.
“This made our client and his sister, Ekene’s mother to travel to Warri that same day and visited the mortuary where Ekene’s body was deposited. When they got to the mortuary, upon examination of the deceased body, our client discovered that the body has no gunshot wound, but was rather full of bruises, a broken arm and clothes tied around his neck to support the broken arm”, the petition stated.
The petition further alleged that the statement Ekene’s guardian and his worker wrote at Ekpan police station in Delta state were conflicting, adding that the deceased mother and his uncle had been receiving calls that they should stop searching for the killer of their ward because they would never find the person.
The AIG Zone 5 acknowledged that it had received the petitions and would be assigned to the appropriate department for investigation.