Uduaghan, Governor of Delta State, Nigeria might have killed his main opposition

THE EXTRAJUDICIAL, SUMMARY AND ARBITRARY EXECUTION OF CHIEF OGBE ONOKPITE: A CALL FOR THE PERPETRATORS TO BE BROUGHT TO IMMEDIATE JUSTICE.
This world press conference by us, Deltans For Justice, a group of conscientious Deltans is to invite the attention and intervention of the President of the Government of Nigeria, Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, the National Assembly, well meaning Nigerians and the international community to the grave concerns of Deltans about what appear to be State, Police, and strategic assassination of Chief Ogbe Onokpite, a very successful businessman, principled opposition leader, politician, husband, father and a vibrant young Deltan, a true Deltan, the pride of the irrepressible Uvwie Youths, who came, saw, fought and refused to be quiet in the face of tyranny. A detribalized Deltan who was cleared by the State Security Service (SSS) and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and indeed contested twice for the position of Governor of Delta State as a candidate of the Citizens Peoples Party (CPP) in Delta State 2007 and January 2011 gubernatorial elections against the current Governor of Delta State, Dr. Emmanuel Ewetan Uduaghan. On November 26, 2011, Chief Ogbe Onokpite’s hotel was invaded by civilians and police security personnel who shot his two legs and thereafter took him away to the Police Area Command, Warri, where he was thoroughly beaten to stupor, dehumanized, stripped completely naked, humiliated, and then ‘summary executed’. He was then scorned, photographed naked, and exposed via the internet for the world to see him as a common criminal.
The Commissioner of Police, Delta State Command, Mr. Ibrahim Tsafe then came out to report on the day of the assassination that they had intelligence that Chief Onokpite was in the process of purchasing arms and he was intercepted and killed during exchange of gun fire. Afterwards, he changed his narration of the proceedings that led to the death of Chief Onokpite by stating, “Chief Onokpite and his accomplices were ambushed by the police detectives who were deployed in the hotel from the Area Command of the Nigerian Police Force, Warri, while he was negotiating for arms in the hotel; he further stated, “as he (Chief Ogbe) was coming down from the hotel we asked him to surrender but he declined to surrender, instead he confronted the police in company with his men”. The CP said that a gun duel ensued and “in the process, Onokpite sustained injury and he died before help could get to him in the hospital.”
Many of us are concerned about the ‘flipflop’ of the Commissioner’s account. The question we raise here immediately is who set up Chief Onokpite? Who provided the ‘intelligence’ – is it not the same state government that has being hounding him? Is Chief Onokpite not a political rival of the State Governor? Was Chief Onokpite not actually shot in his hotel unarmed? Is the hotel not owned by a popular P.D.P chieftain? Was he not beaten to stupor and tortured rabidly at the back of the Area Commander’s office and his corpse dumped there? Did he not bleed to death behind the Area Commander’s office? Who drove the Hilux pickup truck used for the operation to the Police Area Command and back from the Police Area Command? Who is the owner of the Hilux Pickup truck used for the operation? Who is Jide?
Here are some facts made available to us after the murder of Chief Onokpite:
Chief Ogbe Onokpite delivered his Uvwie Local Government Area of Delta State, which was predominantly the State Government political enclave before the April 2011 elections to Chief Great Ogboru’s Democratic People’s Party (DPP). He wrestled the Delta State House of Assembly seat from the former incumbent who ran and served under the platform of the P.D.P; Chief Onokpite helped elect the DPP candidate via the April, 2011 election. Chief Onokpite also helped deliver approximately 36,000 votes to Chief Great Ogboru against the Governor’s 6,000 votes during the April, 2011 election.
Thereafter, following instructions from a “powerful force”, Chief Ogbe Onokpite was arrested during result collation at the INEC premises in Asaba, Delta State, Nigeria on the 26th of April, 2011 (Delta State Governorship election day) after he challenged the manipulation of results that were being collated at the centre; he was immediately hounded to the nearest court and thrown into Okere Maximum Prison, Warri, Delta State, Nigeria on a trumped up charge of murder for over 2 months. Chief Onokpite submitted himself courageously to all manners of humiliating investigations during this period until he was acquitted and the case was discharged and dismissed.
After Chief Onokpite was released from prison, the State government and the anointed candidate of the Uduaghan administration for the position of the next Uvwie Local Government Chairman and their accomplices were said to have become jittery, hinting if Chief Onokpite remain alive, the aspiration of winning back the local government will never be fulfilled until action is taken to curb the perceived political albatross, Chief Onokpite, whom they know to be the Uvwie political colossus; efforts to get highly principled Onokpite to play ball failed.
This is where we believe the last minute strategic arrangement to set him up on trumped-up allegations of illegal weapon acquisition, armed robbery, and kidnapping in order to effectively assassinate him was hatched, eventually organized, and sponsored by the State government with the full cooperation of the Police Area Command, Warri. We believe that the entire operation was masterminded by a strategic figure in the Delta State Government because “like the voice of Jacob and the hand of Esau, the entire operation was coordinated by one of his dare devil executioner, a dismissed soldier, “Jide” who personally drove the State Government Security Hilux pickup truck provided by his “master” and loaded with policemen provided by Police Area Commander, Warri.
Then, civilians and Policemen invaded his hotel premises in commando style; Chief Onokpite was thoroughly beaten, dehumanized, stripped naked, humiliated, shot on both legs, and then killed. Thereafter he was photographed naked and shown via the internet for the world to see him as a common criminal. This is our sincere analysis of the proceedings that led to the death of Chief Ogbe Onokpite.
The questions that emanate from this well orchestrated barbaric extrajudicial and summary execution are:
1. When and was any petition received by the police in respect to this allegation that was earlier investigated?
2. Assuming the late Chief Ogbe Onokpite was actually dealing in the acquisition of illegal arms or committed any crime, does that give the Commissioner of Police, Area Commander, and ‘Jide’ the right to assassinate him?
3. Assuming he was a gun-runner, why was he beaten, tortured, and shot dead?
4. If what is reported is true, must the police take the law into their own hands?
5. If what is reported is true, then why did the Police take his body all the way to Warri Area Command office about 13 kilometers away when the Orhuworun Divisional Police Headquarters is less than a kilometer away?
6. If what is reported is true, why did the police not rush him to Orhuworun General Hospital also about a kilometer away from the venue of the incidence?
The extrajudicial execution of Chief Ogbe Onokpite has been laced with endless lies by the police and the state government, thereby resulting to more gaps and questions than facts. The Commissioner of Police, Delta State, within 24 hours of this summary and arbitrary execution, goofed and painted two contradictory scenarios about this dastardly unlawful killing.
Chief Onokpite is widely known for his strong and constructive criticism of the Delta State Government over corruption, ineptitude, bad governance, injustice, and lack of development.
Delta State is vastly one of Nigeria’s most dangerous states for critics: several critics of the state government have been silenced, raped, discriminated against, sacked, dismissed, impoverished, ostracized, sidelined, implicated in murder, robbery, and others have been slain in targeted killing operations and arranged road accidents, kidnapping, and abduction. There has been a lamentable degree of impunity in the state since 2007.
It is extremely shameful that because of its hinted complicity, the state government has not been able to come out with any official statement, neither have they ever recognized that there are several human rights violations in the state including this severe incidence and other ongoing illegal killings, “police checkpoint /vigilante justice” militia operations, and other death squads.
We call on the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, GCFR, to direct the Inspector General of Police to:
1. Suspend with immediate effect, the Commissioner of Police, Delta State for his role in this extrajudicial execution of Chief Onokpite.
2. Immediate suspension, arrest, and prosecution of the Police Area Commander, Warri and the ‘questionable team’, for their neck deep complicity in this extrajudicial execution.
3. Immediate arrest and prosecution of Mr. ‘Jide’ and his boss Mr. Ayiri Emami, the Aspirant for Uvwie Local Government Chairmanship Position, Mr. Henry Baro, who has been on the run alongside his group for their neck deep involvement in this extrajudicial execution.
4. Urge the Monitoring Team of the Inspector General from Abuja, Nigeria and Police authorities to invite independent forensic experts to assist in the investigation and ensure that any prosecutions that are brought are solidly supported by all available forensic and other pertinent evidence.
5. Commission a Judicial Panel for an independent probe into the assassination of Chief Ogbe Onokpite; for the inquiry to be credible, it must be independent of the Delta State Government officials and Delta State Police Command officials, it must be given full legal authority to investigate the death of Chief Onokpite and its final report must be made public. It must be able to interview all key witnesses, including civilian, police and military personnel, the hotel owner and members of staff, it should have access to all photographs, videos, and other records of the incident, including those confiscated from civilians. The Judicial Panel must be given a genuine capacity to find the facts or it would not be credible.
We further call on Mr. President and on all well meaning Nigerians, Nigerian institutions, and all international agencies, in particular, Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, Center for Human Rights and Global Justice, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, all embassies and high commissions in Nigeria, and world leaders to condemn this barbaric assassination and take steps to ensure that the perpetrators are brought to immediate justice.
We believe that injustice to one is injustice to all.
By Udume Ochuko, Spokesperson, DELTANS FOR JUSTICE

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  2. Anonymous says:

    Who ever planed the killing of chief ogbe will soon die aswell,My God is too Faithful to fail.my your gentle soul rest in perfect peace

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  5. Name says:

    What baffles me most is that,these unscrupulous political leaders employ law enforcement agencies to carry out their dastardly acts.what irony!it’s quite unfortunate that our Delta state has been caught in this web of political tyranny.

  6. Max Aziz says:

    Its so painful that Nigerian or our stupid Politician take laws into their own hands.Even the law enforcement agencies are tools in their hands.I am ashamed of the Nigerian Police anytime because how can a man that has just 8years Maximum in office use a Man that lays his life to Serve his Nation for 35years?Food for thought for Nigerian Police and other used Uniform men.I can see the good example they are showing us the coming generation but Make them no forget say no be who do today rugged pass ooh,We are coming for them all.If they don’t face the Music,I swear,their kids will………..I REST MY CASE

  7. It's so sad dat we're in a country where athrocities thrive n its pepertrators applauded n hailed in public gatherings by fools who call themselves loyalists cos of the peanuts they get 4rm murderers and criminals... Wen Mr. President, His Excellency Dr. says:

    It’s so sad dat we’re in a country where athrocities thrive n its pepertrators applauded n hailed in public gatherings by fools who call themselves loyalists cos of the peanuts they get 4rm murderers and criminals… Wen Mr. President, His Excellency Dr. GEJ won his election as d number 1 man of this gr8 Nation, it was bcos d whole nation almost unanimously gave him their support… We believe he is d Messiah who will deliver us 4rm d painful n brutal weapons of d Pharaohs n Egyptians of these tyms… N so we call on our President d promised Messiah whom we all believe n trust so much, who is neither bias nor unfair 2 use his good offices 2 bring justice and sanity back to our state, n punish all those who think d ‘Just’ arms of d Law is beyond their reach… For aside Chief Onokpite whose murder is exposed bcos of his key role n position, there many more who have died n their deaths swept unda d carpet bcos there was no one 2 fyt their cause…

  8. It is indeed possible, but we have to be fair to Uduaghan, and let this be proven, but of course, another problem is that such cases are hardly proven or can hardly be proven as we have seen in so many other cases similar to this. Our leaders and politicians will go any length to stay in power, get to power, and this include murder and assassination of their opponents. Do Or Die Politics – that’s Nigerian politics for you.
    They are a murderous lot, all because of oil money and power.
    But on the long run, is it worth it? God will be the eventual Judge.

  9. Name says:

    uduaghan is not only a mandate thief,a fake doctor but also a killer! Who kills will die one day becos death is for all and not only for a particular groups or persons. Chief OGBE ONOKPITE, REST IN PEACE.

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