Vanguard (Lagos)

Nigeria: Murder - Family Concerned Over 'Strange' Death of Three Witnesses

ONE year after the former gubernatorial candidate of Citizens Popular Party, CPP, in Delta State, Chief Ogbe Onokpite, was allegedly assassinated by some police officers in Warri, the family, at the weekend, raised the alarm over alleged mysterious death of three witnesses in the controversial killing.

In a statement by a sibling of the victim, Ufuoma Emmanuel Onokpite, the family said, "Investigation of late has revealed that one of the policemen identified as one of the shooters who was said to have removed Ogbe's necklace died in mysterious circumstances in his cell.

"Also, the duo of British and Orlando were shot by unknown gunmen. These people were living witnesses to the killing of my brother, yet somehow, they were silenced".

According to the family, "Even the two AK 47 rifles that were presumed to belong to Ogbe were confirmed by the police armoury in Lagos as police rifles. Other persons indicted are still out there and, with God on our side, they would be brought to book."

Ufuoma observed that the circumstances surrounding Ogbe's death have still not been unraveled one year after his murder, adding, "Though series of legal actions have been filed before the court, his remains are still in the mortuary awaiting final investigation on the incident surrounding his death."

According to him, "Though the case is still under investigation, we urge the judiciary and the Presidency, through Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, to be diligent in unraveling the circumstances surrounding his death.".

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