The Police has confirmed the killing by unknown men of Mr Augustine Obaji, a commercial bus driver in Ohaukwu Local Government Area of the state. The Command Public Relations Officer, Mr Chris Anyanwu, made the confirmation yesterday in an interview with journalists.
He said Obaji was killed on Saturday along Okwor- Idiokpo Market road. According to him, the victim was found with severe injuries inflicted on him by the assailants. “We have commenced investigations into the matter and are assuring the public that the perpetrators would be brought to book.
“We also want to assure the public that the command is determined to rid the state of crimes and criminals and we solicit assistance through the provision of useful information,” he said.
The Union gathered from sources that the victim picked passengers at Odumoke market en-route Okwor Mgbo market, but did not return home.His wife called him on his phone to no avail.
“The following day, his relatives commenced a search for him, saw his bus along Idiokpo road and on drawing closer, discovered his lifeless body on the car’s steering. “They contacted the police station at Okwor Mgbo and officers evacuated the corpse and bus and deposited his corpse at Mgbo General Hospital,” the source said.
The source alleged that the victim had a quarrel with another driver over who would pick passengers first on the fateful day, an action that drew exchange of abusive languages from both men.
“We are also hearing tales that he might be a victim of armed robbers as the rate of robbery attacks, especially on motorists along that road has increased in recent days.
“The onslaught of these robbers has affected business activities in the area and we call on security agencies to provide more security in the area to protect lives and properties,” the source said.