Sequel to a publication at the back page headline of Ika Weekly Newspaper Edition 185, of Saturday October 17 – 24, 2020 with the caption, “67 Year Old Woman Murdered, Corpse, Residence Set Ablaze,” the family members of the deceased, Late Mrs. Josephine Isiza, were on Tuesday, October 22, 2020 at Ika Weekly corporate head office in Agbor complaining bitterly about some hoodlums, whom they say are likely to be the killers of their sister.
It will be recalled that in the said publication, it was reported that the 67 year old woman, Josephine Isiza was murdered by unknown hoodlums on Friday night, October 9, 2020 and her corpse set ablaze in her residence at Olokor Street, Central Abavo.
Speaking with Ika Weekly reporters during their visit, a member of the Isiza family said, “On the 3rd of April, 2020, during the lockdown, two boys who claimed to be native of Ekwuoma and Agbor-Obi communities in Ika nation came to meet our late sister in the house in the morning, pretending that they wanted to buy Red Oil, because our sister before her demise was a seller of Red Oil, and she told them that her Red Oil had finished.
“At about 5:30 am the next day, the boys came back again to request for the same Red Oil. One of them went to the back door, while the other one stood in front of the house. Suddenly, both of them walked in to meet her in the room and started beating her and wanted to strangulate her to death before people around the area heard her shouting and came to her rescue. But, before help could come, the right side of our sister’s ear had been chopped off by the hoodlums in the process of struggling with her to kill her.
“Immediately the boys heard people’s voices around the premises, they ran into the bush, unknown to them that information had been sent across the community. They were both apprehended by members of the Community Vigilante in Abavo who took them to the police station at Abavo, police headquarters. While the assassins were cooling their heels at the police custody, both of them admitted to being responsible for the offence. They said that our late sister’s son owed them money and had refused to pay them and that is why they decided to attack his mother.
“The worst part of it is that the police granted the hoodlums bail without our consent and told us that the boys had no case to answer and we were asked to go home to treat our sister. That was how the case died. We are therefore passionately appealing to the Government at all levels, Security Operatives and human right activists to help intervene in the matter by helping to call the police at Abavo police division, particularly those who handled the matter some months ago to order, so that those boys can be rearrested for further investigation.”
The Isiza family also revealed that when they demanded that the hoodlums should write an undertaking for them, they refused, saying that even the Police could not do anything about it.