Remember the tragic murder story of Late Mrs. Akparobi Orobogha, who was on her way to her daughter’s wedding, but was allegedly shot dead by a soldier last weekend in Delta State?
Developing news on the case reveals that the Commanding Officer of the 3 Battalion Effurun Division, Major Azanku, has offered N200,000 as compensation to the family to avoid a legal battle.
But her family has turned down the offer, demanding that the perpetrators be brought to justice. Son of the deceased, Shedrack Akparobi, has appealed to the State and Federal governments to immediately intervene in the matter and ensure that the culprits are held accountable for their actions, according to Sahara Reporters.
Also, a human rights activist, Rockson Igelige, has lent his voice to the demand for the prosecution of the officer involved in the heinous act by the appropriate security agencies.
Mr. Igelige warned that shielding the perpetrator from justice would encourage more killings as their actions would go unpunished.
On Saturday April 30, 2016, at Jakpa junction, Effurun, in Uvwie Local Government Area of Delta State, late Mrs. Orobogha was on her way to attend her daughter’s wedding when soldiers stopped the tricycle conveying her from the wedding ceremony at the roadblock but the rider refused to comply.
One of the soldiers fired a shot at the fleeing tricycle which allegedly killed the woman, though military sources countered the story saying the bride’s mother died from a bayonet injury fired by one of the soldiers.
The soldier was one of the military men deployed to enforce the no-movement restriction during the monthly environmental sanitation exercise at the area. The wedding ceremony reportedly commenced very early in order to beat the sanitation exercise.
However, authorities of the 4 Brigade Nigeria Army, Benin City, claimed it has arrested the soldier who allegedly killed Mrs. Akparobi Orobogha.