Murder Victims Family Seeks Justice


From Paul Obiajunwo,Port Harcourt

The family of Anthony Osio Aghogho, the Professional Welders’ Union leader murdered by armed bandits in Delta State have challenged the police to fish out the killers.

The late welder, still settling down to gradual work relocation from Port Harcourt to his native Iwhrekan community in Ughelli South of Delta was shot Wednesday afternoon at Jakpa Junction, Effurun by one of two armed men minutes after withdrawing half a million naira from a bank along PTI Road.

Ovie Aghogho, son of the victim who narrated the tragedy to Vanguard in Port Harcourt said the armed duo who intercepted his father at a shop on the scene alighted from an Audi 80 salon, shot him behind a bit above the waste and carted away his cash as onlookers ran for cover.

“He was left bleeding helplessly for several minutes before a traffic warden aided by his professional colleagues who ran into the scene rushed him to a hospital in Jakpa Road where he didn’t make it,” Ovie recalled.

He said the sudden death of the father has unsettled the entire family some of who are still settled in Rivers, tasking the police to show commitment in bringing the father’s killers to book.

“My father spent several years of his welding career in Port Harcourt where he was General Foreman at West African Offshores and other companies. Only two Sundays back, he dedicated his personal building in our village as he gradually relocates home. Now he is dead. How can human beings be so evil,” he lamented.

Until his sudden murder, the late Anthony Aghogho worked as the Welder Foreman at MAKON Engineering and Technical Services currently handling the Phase II construction at the Utorogun Gas Plant in Jeremi/Iwhrekan, Ughelli South, Delta state. He was also serving pioneer Chairman, Nigerian Welders’ Association, Ughievwen/Udu Unit.