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Sunday, 8 April 2018

How herdsmen abducted, killed my father – Edo Pastor’s son


Suspected herdsmen have reportedly killed two persons, including Pius Eromosele, a pastor attached to the Church of God Mission, in Benin City, Edo State.

The pastor was said to have been killed by the herdsmen after a demand for the sum of N4million from him was not met.

The decomposing body of the pastor was found when hunters and vigilante members went into the bush in search of the pastor.

The Eldest son of late Pastor Eromosele, Dr. Richard Eromosele, speaking on the incident, told Punch that his father was abducted on Thursday, March 29, and was found already decomposing in the bush on Tuesday, April 3rd.

“I almost fainted when I saw how they brutally murdered my father; the killers cut through his skull after they shot him at close range.

“I reported the incident to the police and was referred to the anti-kidnapping unit but the police did not do anything to rescue my father.

“Two of my father’s workers, Kingsley and Akpan, who managed to escape from the herdsmen, narrated what happened before my father was killed.

“The herdsmen demanded for N4m but we begged them that it was a holiday and could not raise such money. I went to the police and they told me that I should call them whenever the herdsmen called for ransom payment.

“I did that but there was no response from the police. The two workers that escaped told us that the herdsmen told my father that he was one of those killing their cows.

“We want security agencies to protect farmers in Odighi. My father has farmed in that place for many years. How could I go into farming when my father was killed like a pig”, he lamented.

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