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Mother of the
twenty-seven years old man, Evans, an armed robbery suspect who was said to
have been killed by soldiers last week, Mrs. Siweku Adede has cried out to the
public saying that his son was not a thief and has never carried a gun since
she gave birth to him.
Adede who spoke with Ika Weekly in tears on Saturday morning, 19th May, 2011 at
her family residence in Ogbeisere quarters, Ime-Obi, Agbor said, “Evans was my only
child. Since I gave birth to him I have never heard any bad complain from
anybody that he was a thief. He was a good child to me and had never in his
life forcefully taken anything from anybody. He was innocent. I am praying that
all those that ganged up to kill my son, God will fish them out.”
stated that she was at home with her husband when they received a phone call
from someone that his son, Evans had been taken away in the place he was living
by some unidentified gunmen who raided the compound in mufti. Worried by the
message from the caller, Mrs. Adede said she hurriedly rushed to the place
where Evans lived which happened to be her own paternal home and on getting
there, she found that Evans room was scattered, everything in it destroyed
including the ceilings.
rushed to the Agbor police station to know whether Evans was kept there. When I
got to the police station, they told me that they did not arrest anybody like
that, advising that I should go to the Army Barracks. When I got to the barracks
that morning I saw my son’s corpse lying
on the ground.’ Up till now, I am still shocked and surprised at the
whole thing. Whoever that killed my son never even allowed him to call me first
or gave him the opportunity to say something.” She lamented.
of Evans, whom he lived with before his death said she heard strange noise in
the middle of that night but could not come out for she was afraid, stressing
that she only discovered the next morning that Evans was not in his room.” “I
never even thought of any arrest. I was thinking that the midnight attackers
were thieves. So, when I could not find Evans in his room that morning, I
raised alarm and asked one of my tenants to call my daughter (Evans mother).
When she came, she rushed straight to the place where the soldiers are staying.
Not long after she left, she came back crying that her son has been killed.
A tenant living
in the compound who does not want her name mentioned said Evans never went
anywhere that night, saying that he was in his room sleeping when they heard a
hard knock on his (Evans) door at about 12.00 midnight. The next they heard was
the strangers beating Evans. “We did not know that they were soldiers because
they did not fire any shot neither did they were say where they were from. It
was later when we woke up that we discovered that Evans has been arrested.
Siwekwu Adede appealed to the relevant government authorities to intervene into
the issue as his son who was a music D.J by profession is innocent of the
charge levied against him for which he was killed.