Family petitions CoAS over son killed by soldiers in Delta

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By Perez Brisibe

UGHELLI — THE family of Adogbeji in Okpe Local Government Area, Delta State has called on the Army authorities to conduct a thorough investigation into what they termed as the extrajudicial killing of their son, David Adogbeji, following allegations that he was a militant in Delta State.

The deceased in company of others, also suspected to be dead or at large, were alleged to have masterminded the abduction of a woman in Amukpe, Sapele which resulted to the killing of two soldiers.

The family in a petition by their solicitor, Oghenejabor Ikimi, explained that the late David was arrested at his Sapele residence on August 20 by a team of soldiers from the 19 battalion of the Nigerian Army, Koko and was whisked away based on allegations that the deceased and one Robinson Okotie were members of a militant gang involved in the bombing of oil wells in the region.

According to the counsel, “all efforts by our clients at convincing the said soldiers via phone calls that the above was a setup as the deceased had never been involved in any criminal activity, proved abortive as the said soldiers kept promising our clients on phone that the deceased and other suspects would be transferred to the Department of State Services, DSS, Abuja for necessary interrogation and investigation.

“The above promise by the said soldiers no doubt prompted our clients to go to the Office of the DSS, Abuja only to be informed that the deceased and other suspects were not in their custody.”




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