Members of the family of Chief Michael Okumakube of Ovu community in Ethiope East Local Government Area of Delta State are currently demanding justice for their slain son, Solomon.
They have petitioned the state Commissioner of Police and the Assistant Inspector General of Police, Zone 5, Benin City, Edo State over the alleged delay in fishing out the killer of their son about a month after the incident happened.
PUNCH Metro gathered that on March 19, 2023 between Ughelli and Agbarho in Ughelli North Local Government Area of Delta State, suspected assassins murdered Solomon after ordering him to transfer all the money in his bank account to a bank account suspected to belong to one of his assailants.
Solomon and two other passengers in the commercial vehicle he was traveling in were said to have been killed by the assailants.
It was further learned that the transaction they forced Solomon to do was later traced to a private account in one of the new generation banks.
Philip Okumakube, who spoke to journalists in Warri on Wednesday on behalf of the family, claimed that the incident, which was earlier reported at the Agbarho Divisional Police Headquarters and later transferred to the office of the Assistant Commissioner of Police, Ughelli Area Command, was yet to be acted upon.
“To date, nothing has been heard of any suspect being arrested by the security operatives,” he lamented.
He added: “The family is using this medium to call on the Delta State Police Commissioner, Assistant Inspector General of Police, Zone 5, Benin City, Edo State, Inspector General of Police and the Police Service Commission to wade into the extradition immediately, to expose the killer of their son.”
Philip maintained that with the transfer of money made by their late son through the new generation bank to the suspected assassins before he was shot dead, it should be easy for the police to bring the culprits to justice.
However, he expressed concern that the case had been pending since March 19, when the family reported the incident to the police.
When contacted, the State Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Bright Edafe, said, “The investigating police officer said he did not see the family of the deceased again after the first time they came.
“If they have any details, let them go to Agbarho Police Station and speak to them so they can work on the details.”