Vigilance group member kills man at Church bazaar

Date: 22-10-2010 4:06 pm (13 years ago) | Author: Aliuniyi lawal
- at 22-10-2010 04:06 PM (13 years ago)
There was pandemonium in Dum-Omodi Street by Old Cemetery Road, Odakpu, Onitsha, recently, when a member of the vigilance group invited by St. Joseph Catholic Church during her bazaar, allegedly shot a 27-year old musician identified as Onyebuchi, (a.k.a DJ Magic Finger) dead.

Daily Sun gathered that the incident happened when the Parish Priest of the church, Rev. Fr. Dr. Dennis Sokei in collaboration with the executives of Dum-Omodi Street allegedly invited the vigilance group to guard them during the bazaar which turned sour. One of the men allegedly shot dead one of the persons who came to purchase bazaar gift.

According to eye witnesses, the deceased had entered the parish compound apparently to buy things. While on his way out of the compound, he was confronted by the men of the vigilance group who commanded him to raise his hands up an order which he disobeyed. The victim’s action irked the vigilance group member now at large, and he pulled the trigger on him.

The source also said while at the entrance to the church compound which the men of the vigilance group manned, the deceased reportedly engaged the men in a hot argument which irked one of them who shot him in the waist.
“One of the MOD boys told me that when Magic Finger refused to raise his hands as directed by the men of the vigilance group, one of them told him that he would shoot him but he asked the vigilance man to try it and that was when the boy released the trigger and shot him in the waist”

One of the executives of the Dum-Omodi Street, Mr. Emeka Oko told Daily Sun that the vigilance group members who shot the deceased were the people they contracted from a security company he identified ( name withheld) to provide them with security. He also said the vigilance group was registered with the Anambra State Police Command, adding that they were contracted based on the nature of insecurity in the particular street.

“Anybody who said we are not registered is lying because if you get to the CPC office, you will see that the name of our vigilance group is one of the first in the list. We engaged the services of these men when it became very tough and it was from there that every other street started having theirs.” “Even the security we have here were hired from company because we as a street do not have our own vigilante group, we got them from a company” He said.

Daily Sun also gathered that the parish priest of St. Joseph had on the 19th day of October written a letter to the Chairman of CPC, Onitsha-Ado, requesting for security men from the outfit to beef up security during the parish bazaar which took a different dimension when the security men from Onitha Ado came and met the local security men on duty in the parish, they seat a retreated.

Another eyewitness said that the vigilance group from the CPC left in anger because according to them, they felt that the vigilance group in Dum-Omodi street were not properly registered and had not gone for training.
Meanwhile when Daily Sun visited the parish priest, Rev Fr, Dennis Sokei in his parish, he refused to comment on the development. He reportedly shut himself inside his room and refused to come down stairs, Meanwhile, the state Police Public Relations Officer, ASP EmekaChukwuemeka when contacted said he had not received any signal to that effect at the time of filling this report.


Posted: at 22-10-2010 04:06 PM (13 years ago) | Gistmaniac