A 45-year-old police inspector, Festus Onori, has reportedly been killed by some commercial motorcyclists in Ogwashi-Uku, the Aniocha South Local Government Area of Delta State.
It was gathered that the deceased was lynched in the presence of his wife and children on their way to church on Sunday.
The deceased’s older brother, Austin, on Monday, said the inspector was on his way to church with his wife and three children when a commercial motorcyclist hit his vehicle from behind in Okpanam.
He said, “My brother drove a distance of about one pole after the minor accident to park properly and came down to ensure that the motorcyclist and his passenger were unhurt only for more than 20 men to pursue him with sticks and clubs, prompting the deceased to run back into his car.
“As my brother drove off for fear of being hit, motorcyclists pursued him. As they continued to chase him, their number increased.
“When he got to Marble Hill (Okpanam), he diverted through that road to the expressway thinking that they would be discouraged and retreat. Behold, they pursued him to the Ogwashi-Uku community even facing Kwale when the fuel in his vehicle got exhausted on the Ogwashi-Uku-Kwale Expressway.
“Then, they mobbed him to death in the presence of his wife and three children.
“They also destroyed his vehicle. It was a passerby who, according to the wife’s statement, carried him to Ogwashi-Uku Police Station before he was confirmed dead.”
He said the 45-year-old deceased was an Inspector at the Marine Police Station, Cable Point, Asaba.
According to him, the widow said that the motorcyclist and his passenger who hit the inspector’s vehicle at the back did not sustain injuries in the earlier accident that led to her husband’s death.
When contacted, the state Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Bright Edafe, said he was yet to get official information on the incident.
“I have not received official information on the incident and so I cannot comment on the matter,” he said.
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