Mrs Joy Sunday, the widow of a pallbearer, Mr Okoro Sunday who was allegedly punch to death by his brother-in-law, Scott Eguabor on Sunday March 19, 2023 in Oredo Local Government Area of Edo State has cried out for justice.
The skillful unemployed widow and elder brother of the decease, Mr Jolly Okoro, have laid claimed to circumstantial evidences which police are yet investigate in connection with the tragedy, one week after he assaulted a Pastor arising from disagreement over security levy for worship Centre.
A top official of Edo State Vigilante Network, denied Eguabor, a boxing Coach in Edo State Ministry of Sports’ Council after the incident, fled his home after the death of Sunday, responded to an invitation by his younger sister who is a renowned Judoka in the same Sports Ministry, to settle a quarrel in his in-law’s house.
The unnamed official admitted that Eguabor was a member of local Vigilante in Erie and its environs years after representing Nigeria in international boxing competition, allegedly gave him a heavy punch on his nose and eye.
A witness, Mr Osahon Okoro-Obaraye told TheNewspad that Sunday wept bitterly over the attack before he proceeded to Esigie Police Division where he formally made the complaint and was advised by a policeman on duty to go treat the injury.
He said in the heat of his fury, 32-year-old Mr Sunday who is was already bleeding and trekked to his in-law’s house in First Erie Lane and demanded the whereabouts of the Boxer, without the presence of security personnel who did not follow the injured victim to the scene of crime.
He explained that suddenly, Mr Sunday who could barely mutter, allegedly slumped and gave up the ghost. Upon sensing danger, the alleged murderer fled immediately.
Okoro-Obaraye recalled how Eguabor bracingly had terrorised residents of Erie and its environs with firearms under the toga of Edo State Vigilante Network, Aruosa Command near Igbesamwan street junction.
Distraught Okoro-Obaraye also revealed that he took Sunday in his vehicle to a private Esigie Police Division hospital near St. Matthew Church on Sokponba Road and Edo Specialist then St. Philomena hospitals in Benin after the attack for urgent medical attention, after which doctors confirmed him dead.
He alleged that Eguabor also dealt with several persons in the neighbourhood including the Cleric who was rescued by his church members from the hands of the fugitive when he launched attack on their Pastor (name withheld) on the peak of his contemptible rage.
Recalling how Mr Eguabor Scott’s wife had informed her elder brother who lives in Upper Sokponba Road in a telephone to come to her rescue when she had fracas with her husband late Saturday March 18th 2023, Okoro-Obaraye alleged that Mr “Scott wife told her brother that her life was in danger. Consequently, the elder brother called Mr Sunday who works in Erie street as a coffin maker, but lives in Eki street in Benin” to intervene.
Continuing, the witness said, after Sunday who was in church received a phone call from his elder brother, he left his church at about 2pm.
“He (Sunday) greeted me in Erie Street and thereafter proceeded to a place called “Mama Joy bar” where Scott was relaxing. After greeting his brother in-law (Scott) and his sister. He asked the Couple, why is it that you are always quarrelling? Why can’t you put a stop to this incessant quarrel?
“Suddenly, Scott stood up and gave Sunday a direct punch on his nose and mouth. Immediately Sunday fell. Scott began to shout, and ordered that Sunday’s life should be terminated.
“Consequently, some persons who were present at the scene, lifted Sunday from the floor. Momentarily, Sunday limped out of the scene and began to lament his ordeal.
“Esigie police immediately prepared an extract for Sunday to go and treat himself at police Clinic in Benin before Sunday began to make his statement.
“They (sympathizers) wanted to bring Sunday’s corpse to the paternal home of his killer. I opposed it to avert further bloodshed.
“I then took his body to the same police station where we were advised to take his body to one of the hospital’s mortuary we took him to after the incident for preservation.
“Mr Sunday, a casket maker, had just finished paying over N300,000 debt he incurred after his wife (widow) was delivered of a baby boy via a Caesarian section.
“Who will take care of the young widow and his three children?”, Okoro-Obaraye queried, while demanding for justice, support for the family of the deceased from all forms of intrusion”.
TheNewspad investigation revealed that as at the time of filing this report, police operatives are yet to visit the crime scene after the attack and death were reported.
The spokesman of the Nigeria police Command in Edo State, SP. Chidi Nwabuzor, said in a previous interview that he is yet to get details of the incident.