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Wife of the deceased Okomu Oil Staff, Mrs Osaiyobomwen Akioyamen with the Children at a Press Conference
Wife of the deceased, Mrs Osaiyobomwen Akioyamen with the Children at a Press Conference

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Widow, Family of Murdered Okomu Oil Staff, Akioyamen Cry for Justice

By Lucky Isibor,

The wife of late Matthew Akioyamen, whose husband was assassinated by unknown persons, Mrs. Osaiyobomwen Uwuigbe Akioyamen and members of Akioyamen family on Thursday, January 14, 2021 called on the Inspector General of Police, Muhammad Adamu and the Edo State government to wade in and bring the killers of her husband and brother to book.

The deceased, Matthew Akioyamen, 38, until his death, was a staff of Okomu Oil Plc in Ovia South West Local Government Area of Edo State.

Briefing newsmen in Benin, wife of the deceased, Mrs Osaiyobomwen Akioyamen alleged that her husband who worked at the said Okomu Oil Plc left the house on that fateful day to his place of work and never returned home.

“On 1st December, 2020, my husband called me to wish me happy new month and he told me that he was already in the place to supervise the people he was using to work.

“He told me that if he leaves that place, network will disappear from his phone and that he was already closed to the place.

“So, after which, on the 2nd, my brother-in-law called me that they called me from Okomu that my husband went to work but he did not return to the estate and that they should ask me if he came to Benin.

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“I told him that anytime he is coming to Benin, he first of all call me that he is coming even if it is weekend.

“And besides, he just left today and why will he come back today again because he doesn’t have anything to do in Benin and that they should ask them there.

“He called them again and they were still saying the same thing.

“About 9am on the 2nd, they called me from Okomu that they have found his dead body in the bush where he went to work inside the Okomu yard that he was brutally murdered.

“I told them that it was already late”, she narrated.

The young widow who is now left with three little children and the eldest, age 5 and the least, 4 months old, told newsmen further that compounding her woes, was that the remains of her husband were not even shown to the family before he was allegedly deposited at the morgue by the management of Okomu.

She said when her brother-in-laws got to the mortuary, he was able to identify him.

She further called on the Inspector General of Police and the Edo State government to swing into action and bring the killers of her husband to book noting that, before his death, he was the breadwinner of the family.

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However, efforts to get the reaction of the management of Okomu on the alleged death of one of their staff, Mr. Matthew Akioyamen proved abortive as several phone calls put across to Mr. Fidelis Olise the image maker of Okomu, were left unanswered

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