-ONE SUSPECT IN POLICE NET
82-years-old man from Idumu-Ileje quarters of Umunede in Ika North East Local Government Area, Pa. Daniel Osafile was on June 9, 2020 murdered.
According to his son, Daniel Osemeke Ezekiel, “One of my cousin brothers and I had gone to our farmland with my father when he was murdered. We were working in the farm at about 10:30am when I heard people telling my father in Ika language to lie down and that he will shoot him. As at when I moved from where I was working to my father’s direction to know who the people were, two armed men bailed me up that if I move closer that I should consider myself dead.
“It was the mercy of God that I and my cousin brother escaped death from their hands. Immediately we got home, I moved straight to Umunede Police station where I reported the matter. I kept calling my father’s phone line until it was picked by an unidentified person who said that my father asked that we should come and meet him in a particular spot in our farmland.
“I was accompanied to the farm by some relatives and friends and after a serious search he was found in a pool of his blood with several machete cuts on his head.He was still alive when we got there. Immediately,we rushed him to the hospital where he remained in coma for three days.On the fourth day he gave up the ghost.
“Indeed, my father’s death was a colossal loss not only to me and my siblings but the entire family of Osafile and Ileje quarters as whole. We wondered why our father should be killed since the land which we farmed does not belong to Emuhu Community.
The matter has been reported to the police headquarters, Asaba and we are waiting for the police to do their job”.
Mr. Daniel further revealed that a suspect named Chukwuyem, but popularly called ‘Sir Brown’ from Mbiri Community and who before had formed alliance with the youths of Emuhu Community terrorizing our farm road, was arrested and he promised to mention all those behind the death of my father.
As at the time of filling the report, the remains of Pa. Daniel Osafile has been deposited in the mortuary.