A man has shot dead his daughter’s boyfriend in Cross Rivers State after the deceased turned a deaf ear to his warning to stay away from his daughter.
Douglas Ojugbo(pictured) was accused by his killer, Elewana Godwin of River Basin Authority, 8 Miles Calabar of dating his daughter. The 22-year-old who recently finished from Aptech in Lagos in one of his alleged visits to the Godwins house to keep a date with Mr. Elewana’s daughter( name unknown as at the time of publication) was scolded by the patriarch and told never to return.
Sources told OrijoReporter that on March 10, 2015, the young man turned up at the Godwins residence and on sighting Mr. Elewana, he fled.
Armed with a gun, Mr. Elewana was said to have hotly pursued Douglas and fired shots at him, and killed him. He dragged Douglas’ remains into his car and zoomed to the Federal Housing Police station where he allegedly conspired with the DPO to bury the corpse at Goldie Cemetery around 8.00pm.
It was on the March 12, 2015, after frantic search by parents and family members that Douglas’ parents got wind that their son had been shot and driven to the Federal Housing Police Station.
On getting to the police station, the bereaved parents were not only shocked to hear their son’s corpse had been buried without their consent, the DPO also coerced the father into signing an undertaking not to let anybody hear what happened nor make any complaint to any authority whatsoever.
But the bereaved father, Mr. Oga Augustine Ojugbo, a lawyer with Kanu G. Agabi & Associates, said he later found that absurd and has now petitioned the Assistant Inspector General of Police in charge of Zone 6, Calabar and the National Human Rights Commission to investigate the cause of his son’s death and bring those who killed the son to justice.
In his petition, Barrister Ojugbo refuted claims that the son was having affair with Mr. Elewana’s daughter. He said the son had sold his mini laptop to Mr. Elewana’s daughter who made part payment and it was the balance the son went to collect when he was killed.
“The late Mr. Douglas Oga Augustine Ojugbo is my son, he is 22 years old. Sometimes this year, my son sold his used mini laptop to the daughter of Mr. Elewana Godwin who leaves with him at his River Basin Authority home. Mr. Elewana’s daughter (name is unknown to me at the moment), made a part payment of the agreed sum leaving balance.
“My son in a bid to collect or recover the balance of his money has been visiting the home of Mr. Elewana until he ran into Mr. Elewana on his previous visits. Mr. Elewana not pleased with the boy’s presence inquired or demanded to know what he was doing in his house. My son tried to explain to Mr. Elewana of his transaction with his daughter. Mr. Elewana without any effort to verify the boy’s story asked him to leave his house and warned him never to visit his house again.
“My son was about leaving when Mr. Elewana’s daughter cornered him and asked him to come on the 10th of March and collect the balance of his money. On that faithful day, 10th of March, 2015 my son went to Mr. Elewana’s house hoping to see his daughter as they agreed but unfortunately he saw Mr. Elewana.
“Mr. Elewana upon sighting Douglas, my son ran into his room and fetched his gun, late Douglas my son upon sighting Mr. Elewana with a gun took to his heels to save his life. However, Mr. Elewana having made up his mind to kill my son, pursued him until he caught up with late Douglas at the gate of Basin Authority, a distance of a kilometer from his house where he shot my son first on the leg as a result of which the late Douglas fell down and to accomplish his goal, Mr. Elewana shot him the second time on the arm to make sure that my son is dead.
“Furthermore, Mr. Elewana haven accomplished his goal bundled the body of the late Douglas into his car and took same to the Divisional Police Officer, DPO Federal Housing Police station. Mr. Elewana Godwin conspired with the DPO Federal Housing Police station, Calabar Supol Mike Ezenwenrem to get rid of the body of Mr. Douglas in order to conceal his death. In furtherance of this agreement the Divisional Police Officer Federal Housing police station and Mr. Elewana hurriedly went and buried the body of the late Douglas in the night of 10th March at the Goldie cemetery, Calabar. “
Barrister Ojugbo added that the action of the DPO has cast aspersions on the integrity of the police officer and left one in utter astonishment as to what must have motivated the DPO to lean towards abating such heinous crime.
“It is my opinion that this callous act of murder and hurried burial cannot be swept under the carpet in other not to allow or encourage other blood thirsty vampires’ feast on innocent souls.
“I strongly believe that the Commission is the proper body I should complain to. I therefore call on the Commission to take whatever action within the confines of the law with the view of ensuring that justice is not only done but seen to be done to my family”.
It would be recalled that July 2, 2014, Douglas had expressed his fear of death in his post on his facebook page where he said, “They say sleep is the cousin of death so my eyes are wide open.”
In another post about the same time he wrote, “I came, I saw and I conquered.”