Group urges IGP to take over Rev. Fr. Adeyi’s case

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Taiwo Adeniyi

The Abuja chap­ter of the Otukpa Alede Club 1978 (OAC), has urged the new In­spec­tor Gen­eral of Po­lice, Ibrahim K. Idris, to take over the in­ves­ti­ga­tion of the kid­nap and mur­der of Rev. Fr. John Adeyi.

A state­ment is­sued by the Club’s chair­man, re­tired AIG Paul O. Ochonu, said the IGP should take over the case from the Benue State Po­lice Com­mand to en­hance thor­ough in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

Ochonu, who con­demned the kid­nap and mur­der, de­cried the cur­rent crim­i­nal ac­tiv­i­ties in Og­badibo and neigh­bour­ing lo­cal govern­ment ar­eas and urged the po­lice in the state to de­ploy enough per­son­nel to the area to curb the ris­ing crim­i­nal ac­tiv­i­ties.

He said the crimes in­clude rob­bery, ab­duc­tion, cultism and other re­lated of­fences.

“We con­demn in to­tal­ity the kid­nap and sub­se­quent mur­der of Rev. Fr. Dr. John Adeyi, a peace lov­ing priest who con­trib­uted im­mensely to the peace­ful co-ex­is­tence of ev­ery­one and also en­cour­aged the en­trench­ment of good morals and fam­ily val­ues in the en­tire Idoma na­tion,” the state­ment reads.

It added that the in­ci­dent was a wake-up call to the en­tire Idoma peo­ple, es­pe­cially Idoma West and Otukpa in par­tic­u­lar.

“Kid­nap­ping, cultism, rob­bery and killings as we are wit­ness­ing now are alien to us. We are a peace lov­ing and God fear­ing peo­ple who re­spect the dig­nity and sanc­tity of life. We must all come out to con­demn this act,” he said.

Ochonu noted that the cir­cum­stances sur­round­ing the death of Fr. Adeyi, the first in­dige­nous priest from Otukpa, had brought to the fore, the need for vig­i­lance, ef­fec­tive polic­ing and the teach­ing of core fam­ily val­ues as a way of in­cul­cat­ing in the younger gen­er­a­tion the need to re­spect and dig­nify life.

Adeyi, was un­til his demise the Vicar Gen­eral of the Catholic Dio­ce­ses of Otukpo. He was kid­napped on April 23, 2016 while on pri­estly as­sign­ment to Og­badibo LGA of Benue State and his re­mains were later dis­cov­ered in a bush in Otukpa even af­ter the kid­nap­pers had ex­torted money from the fam­ily.

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