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Tension as vigilante chief kills colleague in Delta community

Tension as vigilante chief kills colleague in Delta community

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Theophilus Onojeghen, Warri

There was tension in the Otor-Udu and Ubogo communities in the Udu Local Government Area of Delta State on Thursday over the killing of a 33-year-old man, identified as Kingsley Onajomo.

Onajomo, said to be a member of the Udu Vigilance group in the community, was said to have been killed on Wednesday night.

It was alleged that the deceased was killed by one Mr Sunday Umukoro, who headed the team of Udu Vigilantes, manning the Ubogo Junction area of the community.

Sources in the community claimed that the deceased had been having a running battle with his alleged killer over a lady, who lived in Emadaja.

The killing sparked a wave of protests on Thursday.

Sources said Onajomo was shot in the chest on Wednesday night while on his way to Emadaja to visit the rivaled lady, whom Umukoro had once dated.

Umukoro was said to have on different occasions warned Onajomo to desist from seeing his (Umukoro’s) ex-girlfriend.

Southern City News was told that Onajomo died immediately after being shot in the chest.

Angered by the incident, scores of youths from Otor-Udu community, on Thursday, mobilised and went to Ubogo community in search of the suspect.

The suspect who fled the scene was said to have been arrested by police operatives from the Ovwian-Aladja Police Station.

One of the youths, who participated in the Thursday’s protest, Ogheneovo Sammy, said, “We were called last night that one of the youths was shot dead by the Chairman of Ubogo Vigilance Group over a girl that Kingsley was dating. He shot him in the chest and he died on the spot. This is barbaric and we are demanding that the culprit be prosecuted by the relevant agencies.”

Effort to get an official response from the state Police Public Relations Officer, Andrew Aniamaka, proved abortive, as his telephone line was said be out of reach by the network provider.

A senior police officer at the Ovwian-Aladja Police Station, however, confirmed the incident and the arrest of the suspect to our correspondent.

The police officer, who did not want his name in print, said the case would be transferred to the Delta State Police Command for further investigation.

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