Confusion has persisted over the murder of a couple identified as Chidi and Rita Edebor in their residence at Ekwuoma- Abavo in Ika South Local Government Area of Delta State by gunmen suspected to be hired assassins
Shocked Family members and others in the community still could not fathom the reason for the murder of the couple who were killed in the presence of their three years old daughter at about 8 pm on Wednesday, November 3, according to a local tabloid based in Agbor.
Neighbors of the couple said that they heard a sound around 8pm from the residence of the couple but they did not suspect that the sound was from gunshots.
However, they said they later found Rita by the roadside in a her pool of blood and then quickly took her to General Hospital Abavo, where she passed away. Chidi, on the other hand died immediately from gun shot wounds.
A neighbor said the only person who could have given the correct information was a little child of three years who was with the victims at the time of the incident.
However, the child could not explain what actually happened but said the men were two, armed and wore face masks.
A neighbour said he suspected that the gunmen were assassins and not armed robbers. He stated that they did not enter into the victims’ house as he said the couple were seated outside their house at the time of the incident.
Sympathizers described the couple as peace-loving people who were on good terms with their neighbours.
The remains of the victims, who were survived by a set of twins, were deposited in the mortuary, while officers at Abavo Police Station had begun their investigations to fish out the killers.
In an interview with Mr. Friday Edebor, the older brother of late Chidi, said both families are still in shock over the murder of Chidi and Rita, saying that his younger brother and wife were peaceful persons who never had any problem with people.
Mr. Friday lamented that the only brother he had was killed by the gunmen, asking what wrong he could have done to somebody to warrant his death.
Mrs. Edebor, the 80-year-old mother of late Mr. Chidi also could not understand why her son and daughter-in-law were murdered, lamenting that the son is supposed to bury her and not the other way round.
She then appealed to the Nigeria Police to fish out those behind the murder.
The has been no official statement by the Delta Police Command, Asaba as at the time of filing this report.