The victim sells phones at the Alaba International Market, according to reports.
His sister, Irene Daniels, reportedly requested him to buy a drink near their home on Olusegun Mustafa Street, Igbede New Site, Ojo, according to PUNCH.
Ogbu was claimed to be on his way when he was accosted by suspected cultists Bonaventure, T-Cash, Sugar, Bona, Choco, and others.
Daniels told our correspondent that when Bonaventure allegedly stabbed him in the neck, she was pleading with the hoodlums to let her brother go.
She said, “Around 11am on April 10, 2022, I asked Ekene (Ogbu) to buy a soft drink for me at a shop close to my house. After some seconds, a man forced his way into our compound and started shouting that Ekene would be killed. He also said he would set the house ablaze.
“I quickly confronted him to know the reason for his outburst, but he pushed me away. I ran after him and pleaded with him to leave my brother, but when I got outside, I saw that five cultists had held Ekene down.
“I was still pleading with them when one of them, known as Bonaventure, broke a bottle and stabbed my brother’s neck. He wanted to also stab me, but I dodged it and shouted for help. The suspects ran away, but I noticed one of them entering the house of a man, identified as Yinka.
“I rushed Ekene to the Oscar Hospital in my area, where he died. My landlord reported the case at the Ajangbadi Police Station and one of the policemen took Ekene’s corpse to a mortuary in Badagry.”
Daniels claimed she expected the police to make arrests right away, but nothing happened.
When the probe was delayed, her brother-in-law petitioned the Police Intelligence Response Team, Ikeja, according to the married woman.
“They demanded money before beginning the inquiry, and after I paid, they arrested Yinka and one Darlington, but they were eventually freed on bail,” she explained. My brother was assassinated because he was envious.
“The case was later transferred to the State Criminal Investigation Department, Yaba, because policemen at the Ajangbadi division were reluctant to perform their duty for about a month.
“The police collected a lot of money from us, pretending that they would transfer the suspects to Abuja without telling us that they had released them. We want justice for my brother; he did not do anything wrong to them and he was not a cultist.”
Margaret Iwuchukwu-Wilcox, the family’s lawyer, accused Yinka of manipulating the events that led to Ogbu’s death, while demanding justice.
She said, “After Yinka was released, he started announcing to people that he spent N3m to bail himself out of the police station. The police arrested some of the suspected cult members. The police interrogated them to determine the reason for the criminal act which late Ekene’s family is interested. We have not been informed that he was involved in any criminal act or if he was a member of their cult.
“Inasmuch as the police have tried their best to arrest some of the cult members, we want them to order Inspector Taiwo Adekunle to produce the two prime suspects, Yinka and Darlington, who were released on bail, so that they will be charged to court.”
Benjamin Hundeyin, the state police public relations officer, said the Ajangbadi division police denied knowledge of the incident.
He said, “I called the Divisional Police Officer of Ajangbadi Police Station, SP Hamisu Magaji, and he said there was no official report about the case of the man that was stabbed to death by cultists at Ajangbadi.”
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