Family seeks justice for 56-year-old Nigerian professor 'killed' in Namibia

Family seeks justice for 56-year-old Nigerian professor 'killed' in Namibia

- The family of a Nigerian professor allegedly killed in Namibia has demanded for justice

- Professor Cyril Ogbokor was said to have committed suicide by shooting himself in the chest

- But the family says the professor couldn't have shot himself, adding that he was never a violent person

The family of a 56-year-old associate professor, Cyril Ogbokor, has cried out for justice following the alleged murder of the Nigerian national in Namibia.

Sahara Reporters reports that the deceased was an associate professor, department of Accounting, Economics and Finance, faculty of Management, Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST). gathers that the Namibian Police Force had claimed that Ogbokor committed suicide by shooting himself with his 7.65 mm pistol in the chest on Sunday, August 5, 2018.

The incident was said to have happened at his apartment in Pinnacle Court in Orban street, Klein Windhoek.

Rejecting the police claim, a family member simply identified as Roy, said: "With reliable information at our disposal, we, the Ogbokor family, are convinced that our brother and breadwinner, was brutally murdered in cold blood and we are demanding justice.

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"There was no iota of truth in the report. We smelt a conspiracy in the report just in the bid to cover up what actually happened to our brother. As we talk, till this moment, our brother's wife, Mrs Gladys Ogbokor, has not deemed it fit to formally inform the family about the alleged suicide of her husband as being claimed.

"On August 5, 2018, at approximately 15:20hrs, we received a call from the eldest daughter of Professor Cyril Ayetuoma Ogbokor in Namibia, stating that her father, who is our elder brother had died. When we asked if it was a joke, she said it was true. We then asked what happened and how did he died. She stated that our brother shot himself in the bathroom. We then asked what his reasons were.

"She told us that her father sent a WhatsApp message to her mum, who was in church that he could no longer bear the back pain and that the mother should look after the children. The daughter also stated that it was when her mum came back from church that they found him lying on the floor in the bathroom with his mobile phone in his hand. On further questioning, she told us that she never heard the sound of a gunshot, as she was asleep having finished a night shift.

"After several days of the murder of our brother, Mrs Gladys Ogbokor, who is the wife of our late professor brother reluctantly told one of our brothers that her husband complained of not feeling well in the early hours of that fateful day, and that she made breakfast for him before leaving for church with her two other children, while the eldest was at home. Until this day, the head of the Ogbokor family has not been informed formally of this dastardly act."

According to the family member, the professor couldn't have shot himself because he was never a violent person.

He said: "It is not possible for our son, Professor Ogbokor, to shoot himself as he has never been a violent person. Suicide by gunshot is never aimed at the chest but at the head. If he allegedly committed suicide, why was his mobile phone found in his hand? Did the police do a measurement of the actual shot to the chest?

"If there was no suicide note as stated by the police, where did the police get their finding to conclude that our son actually committed suicide? Was there any autopsy carried out before the report of the Namibian Police Force? What was the duration of the Namibian police investigation on this case before jumping into conclusion? The world has the right to know, as the Namibian Police report was published less than 24hrs after the crime was committed.”

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Meanwhile, previously reported that the Nigerian Union in South Africa called for the arrests and prosecution of killers of Nigerians in that country.

The president of the union, Adetola Olubajo, blamed the incessant killings of Nigerians in South Africa on lack of prosecution of offenders by the authorities.

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