An operation by operatives of the Edo State Command of the Department of Security Service (DSS), to apprehend a suspect referred to as “Omozokpia”, over a fraud-related crime, ended in tragedy as the operatives of the DSS apparently killed the father of the suspect, Christopher Irabor.
Mr. Irabor before his untimely death was a porter in the School of Medicine of the Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma, who was allegedly shot in his residence by the DSS operatives at Uwene quarters, Illeh viillag in Ekpoma, Edo State.
The operatives, were said to have trailed Omozokpia from Benin City to Ekpoma, and eventually arrived at Mr. Irabor’s residence at about 12pm.
Relating the incidence, the wife of the victim, Mrs. Faith Irabor explained that the DSS operatives had broken into the compound in the middle of the night and they were all forced outside.
She claimed that her husband tried to prevent them from gaining entry into their room and was short by one of the operatives.
She added that when they couldn’t find the suspect, they took her younger son, Omozokpia with them.
A source at the office of the DSS, claimed that the killing of the porter was necessary because he had tried to disarm one of the operatives.
He said they got to the residence with a friend of the suspect and when the friend knocked, occupants of the house declined opening the door, which provoked their breaking into the house.
In addition, he said the operatives while rounding all the occupants out, Irabor surprised them with a cutlass and attempted to take possession of a gun which led to his being shot.