Family members, friends, and associates of two persons killed by a member of the Vigilante Group in Benin city, Edo state, have protested to the Edo state police command headquarters, where a petition was submitted calling for justice.
The angry protester on Saturday said they don’t want the matter to be swept under the carpet as they wish the culprit, now in the Police detention facilities, to be adequately interrogated on why he killed the two persons identified as Mrs Lucy Nwaorie and Mr Tony Bassey before charging him to court.
The deceased persons were in a shop located at No.1, Efehi street, Off College road, Aduwawa in Benin city when the vigilante man, who was identified as Osagie Ufua, came to the shop with a double-barrel gun.
Standard Gazette had reported on 20 May how, “the man said he wants to warm the air, and he started shooting a gun. In the process, he killed two persons in the shop and later reported himself to Aduwawa police station with the gun”.
The said Osagie Ufua was immediately transferred to the State Criminal Investigation Department for further investigation.
The widow of the late man, Mrs Tony Bassey, who has a three-month-old baby, said, ” my husband is a Keke NAPEP rider and was in the shop to buy water when the gun hit him. He is our breadwinner, and I don’t know how l can cope without him. I want the police to ask the Vigilante man why he killed my husband”.
The protesters who brandished placards of various inscriptions said the police should arrest and prosecute some persons who accompanied him to the shop.
They also said the police want them to pay for the autopsy that will be carried out on the two deceased persons as they do not have much money.
Responding, the Assistant Commissioner of Police in charge of Operations of the Edo state police command, ACP Chu, assure that justice will be done on the matter.
He said the police do not treat murder cases with kid gloves and appealed to the deceased family members to be calm.
In a petition sighted by standard Gazette crime correspondent Festus Alenkhe, the author also copied the Assistant Inspector General of Police, Zone 5, National Huma Rights Commission and Civil Society Organizations.