Man kills daughter's suspected lover

THE GUARDIAN Newspaper- Lillian Chukwu

FOR daring to follow his heart, Douglas Ojugbo was brutally murdered in cold blood by the very father of his love interest and was later secretly buried without the knowledge of his family.

A neighbour who wished to remain anonymous said that the 22-year -old deceased was always seen together with his girlfriend at her father’s residence at River Basin Authority, 8 Miles, Calabar before his untimely death on March 10, 2015.
The neighbour recounted that it was during one of such visits to his friend, Mercy Elewana, that her father, Godwin Elewana opened fire on him for daring to defy his warnings against visiting his daughter.

It was gathered that Mercy and Douglas had met earlier during their academic pursuits when they attended the same high school at University of Calabar Secondary School.
According to the deceased’s sister, Ogeyi Ojugbo, her brother was preparing to write the last JAMB examinations before his murder.
She said that it was on March 12, 2015, after a frantic search by parents and family members for their missing son that Douglas’ parents got wind that their son had been shot and driven to the Federal Housing Police Station in Calabar.

On getting to the police station, the bereaved parents were not only shocked to learn their son’s corpse had been buried at the Goldie cemetery without their consent, but that the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) also coerced their father, Augustine Ojugbo into signing an undertaking not to let anybody hear what happened or make any complaint to any authority whatsoever.

But the bereaved father, a lawyer with Kanu G. Agabi & Associates said he later found that absurd and went ahead to petition the Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIG) in charge of Zone 6, Calabar and the National Human Rights Commission to investigate the cause of his son’s death and bring his murderers to justice.

In his petition written by Ojugbo, a lawyer, and made available to The Guardian, he refuted the claims that his son was having an affair with Mr. Elewana’s daughter, but that his son had sold his mini-laptop to Mr. Elewana’s daughter who made part payment and the young man went to collect the balance when he met his untimely death.
“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 lives 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 the 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 March 10, 2015 and collect the balance of his money. On that fateful day, 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 and (without provocation) 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 kilometre 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 was dead.”

“Furthermore, having accomplished his goal, he bundled the body of the late Douglas into his car and took same to the DPO Federal Housing Police Station. Mr. Godwin Elewana conspired with the DPO at the 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 DPO and Mr. Elewana hurriedly went and buried the body of the late Douglas in the night of March 10 at the Goldie cemetery, Calabar.”
In an answer to what must have instigated such a dastardly act by Elewana, another neighbour who also spoke on condition of anonymity described the perpetrator of the heinous crime as an “unpredictable man in the area and had in the past been accused by other neighbours in the shooting of two other people to death.”
According to the source, “the girl’s father had warned the small boy not to come near the daughter again. That is what we were made to understand but the two of them could not leave each other and we hear that it is because of that that the man decided to kill the boy.”

“On that fateful evening, we saw the man running after the boy who was panting and running but the man caught up with him around the basin authority gate in front of security personnel attached to the estate shooting him in the process.”

After shooting him, he dragged him into his car and drove off. All of us were running for our dear lives because, like I said, that man is dangerous and everyone around knows him for that.”

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 abetting 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”, the victim’s father wrote.
As at the time of writing this report, Elewana has not been arrested in connection with the alleged murder by the Cross River State Police Command.


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