IKPOBA-OKHA – It was a horrible sight to behold in Ikpoba-Okha near Benin City on November 11, 2020 as residents of the area thronged out to catch a glimpse of the blood-soaked lifeless bodies of two teenage sisters, Oviorobo Ose Precious and Oviorobo Ose Grace who were alleged to have been murdered in their prime while returning from school by yet to be identified armed men.
When news Crew visited the area, the scene was sorrowful as tears flow freely from the faces of the sympathizers coupled with the wailing and weeping that greeted the incident.
A source at the scene who did not want his name in print told our correspondents that some armed men suspected to be members of AYE confraternity suddenly highlighted from a moving vehicle and accosted the the teenagers.
The source who was visibly grieved over the incident said that the hoodlums did not spare any time in wasting the lives of the innocent children before zooming off in the vehicle they came in.
Our correspondents also visited the home of the deceased children where their grieving mother, Mrs. Oviorobo Esosa Gift said that the matter was not unconnected to the age-long property dispute between her husband, Lucky Ose Oviorobo whom she said has disappeared to an unknown destination for years for fear of being killed and his brother, Oviorobo Dennis over property ownership which she maintained actually belongs to her husband.
In tears, she further narrated that there had been a property dispute between her husband and his brother Dennis, adding that Dennis who was laying claim to the property had been harassing her family with his AYE cult group with the internet to kill her husband.
She further lamented that on several occasions, the armed cultists would invade their home shooting sporadically until they eventually succeeded in chasing her husband away for some years now and has not been see or heard of before the recent incident.
When inquired further on the whereabouts of her husband, the devastated mother said, “When my husband could no longer bear the escalated issue, he suddenly disappeared to an unknown destination apparently for cover.
On whether the matter was reported at the police station, she said, “I have reported the matter to the police but no meaningful effort seemed to have been carried out.
Effort by our reporter to get the police reaction on the matter failed as all calls and texts messages sent to the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) were unsuccessful.
Meanwhile, as at the time of filing this report, the whereabouts of Lucky Ose Oviorobo was still unknown.