The family of Chief Michael Okumakube of the Ovu community in the Ethiope East Local Government Area of Delta State has protested the police's alleged delay in arresting their son's alleged murderers.
The family has petitioned the Delta State Police Commissioner and the Assistant Inspector-General of Police, Zone 5, Benin City, Edo State, regarding the alleged delay in identifying their son's murderer, less than one month after the report of the gruesome incident was filed.
PUNCH Metro gathered that on March 19, 2023, between Ughelli and Agbarho in the Ughelli North LGA of Delta State, suspected assassins murdered Mr. Solomon Okumakube in cold blood after ordering him to transfer all of his bank account money to their account.
However, the transaction was allegedly subsequently traced to a private account in one of the new-generation banks, despite the fact that no arrest had been made by security personnel.
The Okumakube family, speaking through Mr. Philip Okumakube with journalists in Warri on Wednesday, expressed concern that the incident, which was initially reported at the Agbarho Divisional Police Station and then transferred to the office of the Assistant Commissioner of Police, Ughelli Area Command, had not yet been investigated.
"Up to this point, there have been no reports of security agents arresting any suspects," he lamented.
He added, "The family is using this medium to appeal to the Delta State Police Commissioner, the Assistant Inspector-General of Police, Zone 5, Benin City, Edo State, the Inspector-General of Police, and the Police Service Commission to immediately investigate this matter in order to find the murderer of (our) son."
The transfer of funds by their deceased son through the new generation bank to the suspect assassins, according to Okumakube, should have made it simple for the police to conduct their investigation and apprehend the perpetrators.
However, he expressed concern that the situation had not been resolved since the family reported the incident to police on March 19.
When confronted, DSP Bright Edafe, the Police Public Relations Officer for Delta State Command, confirmed the incident, which he referred to as "that Agbarho matter."
The PPRO informed our correspondent that he would call back with an update on the incident.
"I will call you back," he promised.
The police spokesperson had not responded as of the time this report was filed.
Source : punch
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