Suspected Fulani herdsmen shot and killed a middle-aged man, Engr. Mike Egba, and two male passengers in his car near the Oghonogbo farm settlement junction on the Abraka/Benin road on Sunday.
Egba, a Delta State University (DELSU) staff, was on his way to his plantain plantation in Evboesi, when the incident occurred.
According to eyewitnesses, the man was killed instantly when a bullet penetrated his head through his eyes while driving from the Obiaruku/Abraka axis of the lane.
The police later deposited his body at Obiaruku Hospital’s mortuary, alongside the remains of the two other victims.
Ejes Gist gathered that the herdsmen overwhelm the vigilante men due to their superior gunpower, which was assumed to be AK47 rifles, and the vigilante men were wounded to varying degrees.
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Engr. Egba’s son is said to be one of the other two victims, while the third victim is a close relative.
Late Egba was said to be a native of Ezionum in Delta State’s Ukwuani Local Government Area, and he lived in Obiaruku, from where he commuted to Abraka daily.
When contacted, DSP Etaga Light, the Police Public Relations Officer, said he was unaware of the incident but agreed to call back.
Meanwhile, an Obiaruku police source, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said the incident occurred in the Edo district, not on Obiaruku land, but confirmed that the victims are from the area.