A 78-year-old man, Pa Daniel Irabor, has related how he pleaded wirh the killer of his son, Samuel, to kill him rather than kill his son.
The 41-year-old Samuel Irabor, was killed by two gunmen at about 11 am last Thursday at his residence at house 9, Eguavoen Lane, off Odeh Street, Upper Siluko Road, Ogida, Benin City, capital of Edo State.
The victim, a commercial bus driver, was said to be washing clothes at the back of his house when his assailants attacked and opened fire on him.
It was gathered that the deceased ran into the house with the bullet wounds, hid under his mother’s bed as the gunmen chased, dragged and shot him the second again.
“When I heard the first gunshot I ran out of my seating room, I saw blood stain in my passage. A young man with a short gun ran into my passage, I stood in the door to my wife’s room.
“I begged the gunman to just kill me and leave my son, he pushed me away from the door, dragged Samuel who was bleeding and shot him again.
“Then, another boy with a gun entered, he said: ‘you sure say he don die?’ I told him go and check whether he is still breathing, they left,” the bereaved septuagenarian related to journalists.
The bereaved father who said he could not say who was behind his son’s murder, however disclosed that the deceased had a quarrel with a boy he could not give his name at Ring Road, about two months ago.
It was gathered that the lifeless body of the victim was later taken to undisclosed hospital mortuary by operatives of Ogida Police Division.
The Spokesman of Edo Police Command, DSP Moses Nkombe, who confirmed the killing, said it was cult related and called for information that would assist in tracking down the perpetrators.