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Wednesday, 23 October 2019

Road Safety Officials Allegedly Beat Man To Death, Bury Body To Hide Evidence

The body of 36 years old Samuel Odion Omafo has been dug from the shallow grave where it was allegedly buried by four Federal Road Safety Corp Officials from the Abudu outpost in Edo State.


The officials whose names were given as Sunday Ogi, Joseph Onolade are still on the run while Francis Igoh and Samson Alolade have been arrested by officers of the Edo State Police Command on Tuesday. All Four suspects are believe to have connection to the murder of Odion along the Agbor Road, Benin City.

Mr. Odion had hired an Audi 80 car and was transiting with its driver when the FRSC officials marked it down at Owuahe Hill, Agbor Road in Edo state on the 14th of October 2019. This incident has been confirmed by the official spokesman of the Edo State Police Command, DSP Chick Nwabuzor.

“Our operatives in the homicide section of the State Criminal and Intelligence Investigation Department (SCIID), police headquarters, Benin City are investigating the case. It is a case of murder,” Nwabuzor stated.

Police sources said preliminary investigation showed that the late Odion was beaten to death by the FRSC men because he asked the driver he hired not to give them bribe. A source said Odion joined the driver to put up a resistance against alleged extortion attempts the FRSC officers and it led to fisticuffs.

The driver was said to have fled the scene and Odion was beaten to pulp. He was reportedly rushed to a hospital and doctors confirmed him dead on arrival. The FRSC officials were said to have buried him in a bush.

Another police source said the altercation between the officers and the passenger paved the way for the driver to flee the scene, leaving him at the mercy of the FRSC officers. The enraged officers allegedly descended on Samuel, who was chased into a nearby bush and beaten to death.

The driver later drove to the deceased residence where he had picked him in a nearby village to inform his relatives of the incident but was accused of kidnapping and swiftly handed over to the police in Abudu. He was said to have told his story, which led police to carry out detailed investigation and two of the four FRSC officials were arrested.

The two arrested FRSC officers took investigators to the bush where the decomposing body of Odion was evacuated on October 17. It was learnt that the suspects accused the deceased of snatching their booking tickets.

It was gathered that the head of Abudu outpost of the FRSC, Mr. Ogbemi Olu, was invited and quizzed by investigators at the police command headquarters, Benin City. His invitation was a follow up to the statements given by his embattled officers.

The Public Relations Officer for Edo Sector Command, Federal Road Safety Corps, Edoma Bajack declined to comment on the incident saying, “I cannot give you any information on that”. The Edo State sector commander of FRSC, Anthony Oko also refused to speak, saying: “I cannot comment on what I do not know. The police in Abudu are handling it.”

But the FRSC command in Abuja said it has commenced an investigation into the killing. The FRSC in a post on Twitter yesterday said: “The Corps has commenced official investigation into the murder of the victim. We implore all residents of Abudu where the incident occurred to be law abiding as the law will take its full cause for justice to take place. We commiserate with the bereaved family.”


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