-CP Explains Why He Was Murdered
By Daniel Dafe
The Chairman of Ethiope East Local Government Area in Delta State, Chief Faith Majemite, has said that she has directed security agents in the area to fish out the killers of Ovie Wisdom Iroro who was yesterday shot dead by unknown gun men in Abraka.
In a phone conversation with Oasis Magazine (OM), the council boss also called on residents in the area to be vigilant and not involve themselves in criminal activities.
Late Ovie was reportedly beaten and shot by his assailants at his Lucas residence in Police Station road axis of Abraka.
Meanwhile, Hafiz Inuwa, the Delta State Commissioner of Police on Thursday said the murdered youth leader of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in the area, has no political undertones, saying that he has directed the DPO and Area Commander to fish out the killers.
He said: “I do not know the political party the person (victim) belongs to but all I know is that, he is someone who I was made to understand even though he is a notorious cultist and a fraudster was dragged into the bush by some hoodlums and killed.
“And from the information I gathered, while he was being dragged into the bush, witnesses at the scene of the incident heard him pleading with his assailants saying, don’t worry, I will pay you back your money.
“So, with him being a fraudster, we are looking to see if he collected some people’s money and refused to pay them. But that notwithstanding, a heinous crime has been committed whether he is a criminal or not, murder has been committed and we are hunting for the perpetrators.
“This is just a case of hoodlums attack and the evidence that we have gotten is that he is a notorious cultist. In fact, the division has arrested him on several occasions.”
Meanwhile, a reliable source close to the police in Abraka believes that it was a cult-related killing, adding that some arrests have been made and the suspects transferred to the Police Command in Asaba.
“His killers did not take anything from him. Mind you, what is in vogue now is that many of these internet fraudsters now belong to one cult or the other. This they do to make it easy to forcefully get their monies from other of their partners in crime that fail to release their share to them after they have illegally made some money in fraud deal on a client. Also, yesterday, the cult group he belongs to reacted,” he added.
Ovie, we learnt is a serving Youth Corps member who just came out of camp in Adamawa State, but later redeployed to Abraka in Delta State with Abraka Grammar School as his place of primary assignment.
He recently graduated from the Department of Library and Information Science, Delta State University, Abraka.
Ovie, a father of two, till his death was a strong member of the PDP in Ethiope East Local Government Area and was recently drafted as member in a campaign team for an aspirant for the chairmanship position in the locality.