UROMI – A male banker,[name withheld] with one of the old generation banks in Uromi, Edo State, is currently cooling off his heels at Edo State Police Command, Benin City over his alleged complicity in the assassination of the chairman, Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT), Esan North East Local Government Area Chapter, Barr. Daniel Akhibi.
The banker, a cashier, was picked up right in his office last Monday, August 6, 2012 in Uromi.
He is being interrogated to explain how he paid the sum of N20, 000 to the deceased NUT chairman, a day after he was gruesomely assassinated by a gang of six gunmen.
The NUT chairman was gruesomely murdered on Sunday, August 5, 2012 by the gunmen who trailed him to his residence at Afuda Village in Uromi.
Narrating the sad incident to The NIGERIAN OBSERVER, younger brother to the slain NUT chairman said his late brother who rode in a red Mercedes SUV car, was trailed to his residence by six gunmen with an Audi 80 salon car, with no registration number, at about 7.45pm.
He said the gunmen attacked his late brother while driving into the garage, dragged him out of the car and rained bullets into him.
Accomplishing their mission, the bereaved brother said the suspected assassins drove away in the late brother’s SUV, along with the Audi car they used for the operation.
Attempts made to save the life of his brother he said, was sadly futile as he gave-up the ghost on the way to the hospital.
The late brother’s car, according to him, was later recovered the next day, along Poultry Road, opposite the university in Ekpoma, Esan West Local Government Area of Edo State.
Mr. Kenneth, bereaved brother, said he shocked beyond believe when his later brother’s phone received debt alert from the bank, indicating his late brother had withdrew N20,000 from his savings account.
This, he said got the investigating police officer curious, who consequently accompanied him to the bank.
In the process of quizzing officials of the bank, the suspect who was the cashier that paid the cash was implicated and consequently arrested.
The NIGERIAN OBSERVER gathered that the suspect lives few houses from that of the deceased, and had community relationship, being from the same village.
It was similarly gathered that the deceased recently attended the burial ceremony of the suspect’s father, just the way he (deceased) did during the suspect’s wedding ceremony.
The deceased, until his death, was practicing lawyer and head master of the Idumu-Egberemolen Primary School, Uromi.
The Divisional Police Officer in charge of Uromi Police Division was not available for comments, but a police officer who pleaded anonymity confirmed the incident and said the matter had been taken over by the Criminal Investigation Department of state command in Benin City.
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