Mom of 5 calls for justice for husband allegedly shot useless by soldier


Chris NJOKU, Owerri


FOR Onyinyechi Osuigwe, a 25-year-old mom of 5, whose husband was allegedly killed by a soldier in the course of the latest nationwide ENDSARS protests, has referred to as on the federal government to fish out the killer of their breadwinner.

The nursing mom and resident of 17B, Ndiuche Road by Ngwa Highway, Aba South Native Authorities Space, Abia State, says she is left to surprise how one can stick with it with the duty of taking care of their 5 kids with out her husband.

Neighbours are additionally frightened and upset that the deceased 35-year-old man, Ebere Osuigwe, was not even collaborating within the protest when he was felled by the solider’s bullets.

Osuigwe was mentioned to have left his residence within the morning of Friday, October 23 for his household’s dwelling at Osuigwe Lane, Ngwa Highway, Aba in quest of electrical energy to cost his cellphone in order that he might talk with different relations and pals in his dwelling city at Umueze Amigbo in Nwangele Native Authorities Space, Imo State when tragedy struck.

He was mentioned to have met some troopers in a patrol car who halted him as he was returning dwelling to search out out the place he was coming from. Osuigwe was mentioned to have raised his two arms up in a gesture of give up and instructed the safety personnel that he solely went to cost his cellphone and was going again to satisfy his spouse and youngsters.

Refusing to simply accept his rationalization, a trigger-happy soldier was mentioned to have shot him within the ankle. However apparently feeling that he didn’t hit his goal nicely, the soldier opened fireplace once more, hitting Osuigwe the laps at very shut vary.

Expressing her shock in a chat with our correspondent, Osuigwe’s widow, Onyinyechi, mentioned: “I’m unhappy the best way they brutally shot my husband and left him to bleed to loss of life.”

Persevering with, she mentioned: “On that fateful day, there was no electrical energy and all our cellphone batteries had been down. My husband mentioned he wanted to cost them to have the ability to talk together with his individuals to know what was happening with the ENDSARS protest.

“I instructed him to watch out and he assured me that he would come again instantly. After bathing and feeding the youngsters, I stored our meals, ready for him to return again for us to eat.

late Osuigwe
The late Osuigwe

“After ready for a very long time, I referred to as him with a neighbour’s cellphone a number of instances however he was not choosing his calls.

“I grew to become frightened as a result of often, regardless of the place he was, as soon as he noticed my name, he would name again to know why I used to be calling him.

“I went outdoors and sat down and later determined to go and verify him round 11 am. With concern in my coronary heart, I went to the place the place he mentioned he was going to cost his cellphone.

“On getting there, I noticed some youngsters and requested them what occurred. They mentioned their brother, Ebere, had been shot useless. I used to be shocked and began shouting like a mad particular person.”

Amis sobs, she added: “Issues haven’t been simple for me since he died. It’s my landlord’s spouse that has been feeding my kids and forcing me to eat.”

She recalled that she had dropped her job as a seamstress on account of childbirth and was ready to return to work subsequent yr, after weaning her five-month-old youngster.

She urged the Federal Authorities to fish out the soldier that killed her husband and likewise assist in coaching the 5 youngsters (4 ladies and a boy) her husband left behind.

Narrating what occurred on the household lane, Osuigwe’s elder sister, Benedicta(42), mentioned: “My brother had plugged the cellphone and later got here again to gather it.

“On his approach coming again, there’s a avenue reverse Diamond Financial institution and the road was named after our surname. It’s a small lane referred to as Osuigwe Lane.

“He was on this lane when he noticed the troopers and considered one of them rushed in the direction of him and requested the place he was coming from. Ebere (Osuigwe) surrendered by elevating his two arms up and instructed them that he went to cost his cellphone and now going again to satisfy his household, and that he was a household man.

“The Fulani soldier shot him first within the ankle and could also be feeling he didn’t get my brother very nicely, shot him once more within the laps. The opposite soldier requested the killer soldier, ‘Why did you shoot this man?’ and the killer soldier responded, ‘Let him go and deal with himself.’

“After taking pictures him, he waited there and watched my brother bleed to loss of life. They then left him and neighbours carried him in a wheel barrow all the way down to the city, searching for a keke (tricycle) or car to take him to the hospital whereas he was nonetheless bleeding.”

In accordance with Benedicta, by the point Osuigwe was taken to 1 Christiana Christian Hospital, the hospital checked him and authorized him useless.

She continued: “My individuals doubted it and we had been referred to St. Anthony Hospital, Aba. That was the place one other physician confirmed him useless. He’s within the mortuary now.”

Benedicta described the late Osuigwe as a very good man who couldn’t damage a fly.

She mentioned: “My brother was not a nasty man. He was not a cultist. He doesn’t smoke or drink and was not a part of the protesters. They only killed him.

“If you happen to watch the gap from the place he was killed to the financial institution, you will note that the troopers deliberately killed an harmless soul.

“Whereas this was taking place, individuals had been inside their homes peeping on the state of affairs. I really feel unhealthy as a result of the same factor occurred to the household in 2017.”

She recalled how one other youthful brother of hers, Ikechukwu Osuigwe, a member of the (Bakassi) Vigilante Service of Abia State, was getting back from Umuahia in firm of different members of the vigilante group when on the Aba-Owerri Highway, kidnappers shot and killed eight of them, “and the state authorities didn’t do something. He left a spouse and two youngsters, and this has come up once more.”

She mentioned: “I would like those that killed Ebere to be delivered to justice. And let the federal government compensate the household, as he has 5 youngsters and I don’t understand how I’m going to cater for them. Allow them to come and kill me too.

“I referred to as the police to tell them however nothing was heard from them once more.”

Additionally, an eyewitness and a neighbor on the household home, who spoke on situation of anonymity, mentioned: “I used to be in the identical avenue with him till I left to cost my cellphone at a close-by chemist store. After a while, we heard gunshots and everyone ran inside the home.

“A short time, we noticed some military males who got here out from the place Ebere was shot and began chasing individuals. After they left, individuals got here out to listen to that any individual was killed in entrance of my store.

“All of us got here out to see that our neigbhour, Ebere had been shot. A person eliminated his shirt and tied the wound and all of us began searching for a approach to take him to the hospital.

“He was carried in a wheel barrow to the primary street and transferred right into a keke that took him to the hospital.”

Talking additionally, the deceased’s mom, Bessy Osuigwe (55), a widow who sells firewood,  mentioned for the reason that loss of life of her son, she had been down with hypertension.

“I cry on a regular basis as a result of my son didn’t do something. He went to cost his cellphone when a fellow younger man caught him. He was pleading however his captor refused and shot him useless.

“I don’t know what to do subsequent and I don’t understand how I’m going to cater for the 5 youngsters he left behind. How am I going to coach these youngsters as I’m not wholesome now?”

“I would like the Federal Authorities to fish out that soldier that killed my son and know how one can cope with the soldier. They kill and carry individuals’s corpses, however my son was shot and left to die. They didn’t carry his corpse.

“My son is harmless. Why did the soldier kill him and depart 5 youngsters that I don’t know how one can prepare?”

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