The family of late Chinemerem Orji, a 22-year-old painter allegedly shot lifeless by a neighborhood vigilante in Rivers State, has demanded justice for his or her son.
It was gathered that the incident occurred at a Degree of Sale centre in Umebele group, Oyigbo Native Authorities House of the state on Saturday, Would possibly 22.
Nonetheless, hassle started when Chinemerem discovered that one in all many notes allegedly given to him was a ‘counterfeit.’
In accordance with Kelechi, all through the following argument, the PoS operator often known as members of the Oyigbo Security Peace Advisory Committee, who on arrival, compounded the state of affairs and tried to tug her brother to their office near a police station the place they allegedly stabbed him with a dagger.
“My brother was collectively together with his girlfriend, who acknowledged she didn’t have any money, nevertheless needed cash to exit. So, he often known as his good good friend to ship N1,500 to his account, which was achieved. He went to the PoS operator to withdraw the money. After withdrawing the money, he found that the N1,000 remember was counterfeit. So, he went back and asked the PoS operator to change it, nevertheless he refused,” she narrated.
“As they’d been arguing, the PoS operator often known as the OSPAC vigilantes. They received right here and tried to drive my brother to mount their bike. That they had been dragging him to adjust to them to their office, nevertheless he acknowledged he wasn’t going with them, on account of he didn’t commit any crime. He was merely asking the person to change the money for him.”
“The alternative members received right here and dragged him and throughout the course of, one among them launched out a dagger and stabbed him in his two fingers and physique. Actually one in all them, who was on a motorcycle, disembarked and shot my brother throughout the once more. They took his physique to their office and often known as me on the phone. Already, my mum had gone to the police station, on account of she didn’t know the OSPAC office. When she received right here once more, I was already at residence. So, I went to the police station.”
Kelechi acknowledged whereas on the station, a female cop requested her if the station was a hospital.
She extra narrated, “I lastly traced the OSPAC office, nevertheless I couldn’t go in on account of the place was not making an attempt protected. So, I often known as my mum to return again. I believed that after they see her they’d allow us to see Chinemerem, nevertheless they chased us away,”
“Unexpectedly, the OSPAC guys started coming out from their office one after one different and commenced chasing us that we should always at all times go away the highway. They started threatening us with weapons. Whereas we had been there, an ambulance received right here to their office.
“My mum, my brother’s girlfriend and I refused to go. Actually one in all them received right here and shot throughout the ground. I dragged my mum and we ran. Some people, who observed what occurred, received right here to hold my mum. We had been there when the ambulance took the physique out. Up till now, we have now not seen his corpse.”
Asked what they were told at the police station in Oyigbo, she acknowledged,
“They didn’t even inform us one thing inexpensive. They solely knowledgeable us to return again once more the following day. We’re asking for justice. I must see my brother’s corpse and permit them to ascertain the individual, who shot him and make him to face the regulation. We want help from the federal authorities and most of the people” she added.