In a shocking development that left observers with more contempt for FRSC officials, the body of one Odion Omafo Samuel, aged 36, has been exhumed from the shallow grave it was buried allegedly by four officials of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) attached to Abudu outpost in Edo State. The names of the FRSC officials were given as Francis Igboh, Sunday Ogi, Samson Alolade and Joseph Onolade.
The Edo State police command arrested two of the officers for the alleged murder of Odion along Agbor Road, Benin. The two officers are now in police cell and were identified as Francis Igboh and Samson Alolade by the police spokes person. Briefing the press, the Edo state police spokesman DSP Chidi Nwabuzor said the two arrest made has given a good lead for their investigation while efforts were on to apprehend the two other suspects – Joseph Onolade and Sunday Ogi.
The deceased had reportedly hired an Audi 80 car and was travelling in it with its driver when the FRSC personnel flagged it down at Owuahe Hill, Agbor Road in Edo on October 14. The spokesman of Edo police command, DSP Chidi Nwabuzor confirmed the incident.
“Our operatives in the homicide section of the State Criminal and Intelligence Investigation Department (SCIID), police headquarters, Benin City are investigating the case. It is a case of murder,” Nwabuzor stated.
He further said that the Head of Abudu outpost of the FRSC Mr. Ogbemi Olu was invited and quizzed by investigators at the police command headquarters, Benin City.
His invitation was a follow up to the statements given by his embattled officers.
The Public Relations Officer for Edo Sector Command, Federal Road Safety Corps, Edoma Barack have not issued any statement on the development and has refused to grant press interviews. Efforts to reach the Edo State sector commander of FRSC, Anthony Oko were also unfruitful.
The deceased was said to have aided his driver to put up a strong resistance against alleged extortion attempts by the FRSC officers. We learnt that the altercation between the officers and the passenger paved the way for the driver to flee the scene, leaving him at the mercy of the FRSC officers. The enraged officers allegedly descended on Samuel, who was chased into a nearby bush and beaten to death. Report said the deceased body was then abandoned as the traffic officers reportedly ran into the FRSC van and sped off.
The driver later drove to the deceased residence where he had picked him in a nearby village to inform his relatives of the incident but was accused of kidnapping and swiftly handed over to the police in Abudu.
Police investigation, however, led to the arrest of two of the FRSC officers who eventually took investigators to the bush where the decomposing body of the deceased was removed.
It was gathered that the suspects in their statements accused the deceased passenger of snatching their booking tickets.