Tension has gripped the Officers’ Barracks within the Warri Area Command of the Nigeria Police in Delta State.
This follows an unfortunate incident where Destiny Ogbantu, the son of a serving Inspector residing in the barracks, allegedly stabbed his neighbor, Onyebuchi Emeka, to death during a heated argument.
This gruesome event occurred on the evening of Friday, September 22, 2023.
According to eyewitnesses, after a dispute between Destiny and Onyebuchi, Destiny became enraged and retrieved a knife and dagger from his father’s apartment upstairs.
He then pursued Onyebuchi across several blocks within the barracks until Onyebuchi fell into a gutter.
During this pursuit, Destiny repeatedly stabbed Onyebuchi in the back and chest.
Residents of the barracks, including Destiny’s mother and siblings, witnessed this horrific incident.
Onyebuchi was rushed to a nearby private hospital by his family but succumbed to his injuries due to severe bleeding from the deep wounds.
In response to the incident, Destiny’s mother fled with her children, including the suspect, and their current whereabouts remain unknown.
However, Destiny’s father, Inspector Ogbantu, was arrested as a proxy for his son’s actions and is currently in police custody.
The Delta State chapter of the Nigerian Civil Rights Council has intervened and called on the Nigeria Police Force not to overlook this matter.
They staged a protest, demanding justice for the deceased and urging Inspector Ogbantu to cooperate with the law enforcement authorities.
Unfortunately, the Police Public Relations Officer for Delta State Command, Bright Edafe, could not be reached for comments at the time of reporting.