By: Patrick Ochoga, Benin City
A 60-year old woman who gave her name as Helen Odiazor is has cried out for justice over the killing of her son, Melody, the same night her husband died.
Already, State Commissioner of Police, Babatunde Kokumo, has waded into the matter by inviting the Divisional Police Officer of Saint Saviour Police Station and the vigilante group that killed Melody.
Late Melody, a tipper driver apprentice, was said to have been shot by some local vigilante at Tipper Garage along Saint Saviour road at about 9pm when he was returning home after being informed about his father’s death.
He was said to have been shot alongside two other boys and their bodies were displayed at the St Saviour Police Station.
His mother, Helen, who was in tears said it was painful for her to lose her husband and her son the same day.
Helen said her husband died in a hospital on November 8th while she was informed about her son’s death at about 4am the following day.
She stated that her son was on his way home on hearing the death of his father when he was shot by Vigilante Men in St Saviour.
The widow insisted that her son was not an armed robber.
Sister of the deceased, Rachel, said policemen told the family that their brother was not dead but being treated for gunshot injuries.
She said the police refused to disclose the hospital or take the family to the hospital.
“They said they were three of them that were shot that night. Police said one died instantly, my brother was seriously injured while one is in custody.”
However, CP Kokumo said he has invited all parties to a meeting this evening for proper briefing.
He said the impression given to the police was that vigilante group had an encounter with armed robbers but that another information has emerged about the killing.
All rights reserved. This material, and other digital content on this website, may not be reproduced, published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or in part without prior express written permission from LEADERSHIP. Contact: [email protected]
Sign up for our newsletter