There is tension in the Officers’ Barracks of the Warri Area Command of the Nigeria Police in Delta State as the son of a serving Inspector, Destiny Ogbantu, reportedly stabbed a fellow resident, Onyebuchi Emeka, to death.
Naija News learnt that Destiny, a student at Madonna University, lost his temper during a misunderstanding on Friday evening, September 22, 2023, and stabbed Emeka to death near their Block D, Warri Barracks apartments.
Witnesses said in the heat of the altercation, Destiny suddenly rushed to his father’s apartment, picked a knife and a dagger, and chased Onyebuchi for a few moments across other blocks to the east end of the barracks till he fell into a gutter.
The Inspector’s son repeatedly stabbed Onyebuchi in the back and deep into his chest in the presence of other residents and his mother.
The victim was consequently rushed to a nearby private hospital by family members but was pronounced dead shortly after admission, having lost too much blood due to the deep cuts.
One of the eyewitnesses said, “All this was witnessed by residents of the barracks, including the mother of the alleged suspect and his siblings.”
According to PUNCH, after witnessing the gravity of her son’s action, the suspect’s mother packed her children, including the suspect and absconded from the barrack, and their whereabouts are still unknown.
The suspect’s father, Inspector Ogbantu, is reportedly arrested as a proxy for his son’s action and is currently in police custody.
Meanwhile, the Delta State chapter of the Nigerian Civil Rights Council has confirmed the incident, urging the Nigeria Police Force not to sweep the case under the carpet.
A unit Coordinator of the group, Comrade Ojumude Bishop, on Monday led a protest with some members, including the unit Secretary, Comrade James Udume, to the Area Commander of the Warri Area Police Command, demanding that justice should prevail for the slain young man.
They equally demanded that the father of the suspect should be compelled to make available his son to face the law without trying to arm-twist facts.