Three soldiers accompanied by a lance corporal, Obinna have on Tuesday, June 23rd executed an informant of the police, Benson Ogedegbe, after tracking, beating and then killing him.
The military men from the 19th Battalion, stationed at the Koko Military Base in Delta State, dragged Ogedegbe out of his car, beat him mercilessly and after receiving a phone call, proceeded to put bullet holes in him – all in the presence of eye witness.
As the victim lay bleeding, the soldiers fled, afraid of being mobbed by onlookers who were enraged by the incident.
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Information gathered suggests that Benson, who was a Chairman of a Vigilante Group, and a police informant, provided information on the criminal activities in the West Ethiope Area, and was murdered by the military for frustrating crime in the area.
His remains were taken to the Delta state University Teaching Hospital.
Two police sources said that the murder of Mr. Ogedegbe was a deliberate, calculated, and desperate attempt by officers at Koko Military Base to protect the financial interests of gangs operating in the Ethiope West Local Government Area.
According to the police, these criminal gangs pay off top officers at the 19th Battalion of the Nigerian Army, and enjoy protection from these military officers.