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Vigilante nabbed for allegedly killing air force officer in Rivers

By Obinna Nwaoku, Port Harcourt
06 January 2022   |   3:49 am
A member of Onelga Security Peace and Advisory Committee (OSPAC), a local vigilante, in Omuanwa community in Ikwerre Local Council of Rivers State has allegedly shot dead an officer of Nigeria Air Force (NAF), Eugene Kasike.

A member of Onelga Security Peace and Advisory Committee (OSPAC), a local vigilante, in Omuanwa community in Ikwerre Local Council of Rivers State has allegedly shot dead an officer of Nigeria Air Force (NAF), Eugene Kasike.
  
The Guardian learnt there was tension in the community following the presence of Hilux vehicles filled with men in military uniforms in the community.
 
A source in the community, who confirmed the development, said the community is like a ghost town at the moment, while members of OSPAC, who initially prevented youths from razing the building of the OSPAC member responsible for the killing, have all fled.
 
Another indigene of the community, who confirmed the incident, said trouble started on Monday when members of local vigilante went on the rampage, chasing and harassing people, especially the youths, forcing them to oath taking to denounce cultism.
 


The Community Development Committee (CDC) chairman, Ugo China, said the member of OSPAC allegedly responsible for killing the officer has been apprehended and handed over to the Isiokpo Police Area Command.
 
The CDC Chairman in a telephone interview with The Guardian, said he learnt that before the incident on Tuesday, the officer allegedly went to the OSPAC office to release a suspected cultist, who was in the process of denouncing cultism after he was arrested by OSPAC.
 
China explained that trouble started after the OSPAC member, popularly called  “Two-Face,” who was a cult leader before joining OSPAC, allegedly pushed the Air force officer, who is a native of the community out of the OSPAC office.
 
He further explained that Eugene was shot dead after he mobilised his friend to  “Two-Face’s” house to retaliate the humiliation he suffered the previous day.

The CDC chairman, while condemning the killing of the officer, said the law should take its course, just as he advised youths in the community not to do anything inimical to peace of the community.
 
Effort to reach the commander of the OSPAC in the area has not been successful as his mobile telephone has been off.
  
Rivers State Police Command Public Relations Officer, DSP Grace Iringe-Koko, who confirmed the incident, said the OSPAC member, whose real name is Progress Amecheta, has been arrested, adding that the suspect has been detained in the State Criminal Investigation Department (SCID), while investigation is ongoing.

MEANWHILE, a former commander of OSPAC in Igwuruta, Ikwerre Local Council of Rivers State, Promise Nnawale, declared wanted by the police for allegedly killing two indigenes have been arrested.
  
The police had declared Nnawale as the prime suspect in the alleged murder of Princewill Ogbonda and Peter Opurum, who were killed in the community in 2020.
 
Younger brother to the late Ogbonda, Goodluck Ogbonda who confirmed the arrest to newsmen in Port Harcourt, lauded the police and sister security agencies for their role in the arrest.
 
He said the suspect tried to escape, but was subdued by security operatives, comprising police and sister agencies.