About a week after the killing of innocent people at a fast food centre in Alakahia, near Choba, Port Harcourt, mother of one of the victims has continued to agonise over the gruesome murder of her son.
Madam Gladys Okenwo, whose 26 year old son, Progress Orogbani was killed in the fast food where he used to work, cried to TNN that the boys was not a cultist. Precious was said to be a baker in the fast food. His death has become a source of sorrow for the mother.
"My child went to work and didn't return again. It is not as if my son is in any (cult) group. I trust my son and he was properly trained. It is not easy for someone to use pure water to train children.
“He doesn't look for trouble; everybody in Rumuosi, Alakahia and Choba love the boy because they know he is a peace maker, but I am surprised that my child is killed. My husband left me and ran away, I have been the only one taking care of my kids. Almighty God fight for me," she said.
The victim's uncle, Mr Chigozie Okenwo said Progress' death was a shock to the family. He said as police was carrying out their investigations, they should ensure that there was no partiality and that they should find out why Progress and the others were killed.
"I feel so hurt, we received the call on Monday night around 12am that my brother was shot at UPTH junction. I am calling for justice; let the Nigeria Police do thorough investigation to arrest those that committed the crime. My brother is highly respectful. I still cannot explain why my brother was shot dead".
The assistant chief security officer in Alakahia Community, Mr Bestman Matthew who also spoke with TNN on the killings urged the police to do proper investigations, just as he advised the residents to go about their normal business without fear.
"What happened has nothing to do with the residents or traders in Alakahia. If you have a clear conscience towards what happened, then be free to go on with your business. We are always on ground in terms of security. Alakahia is always safe and secured.”
The Rivers State Police Public Relations Officer, Nnamdi Omoni said the police had obtained a video recording of the incident and assured that the criminals would not go free.
According to him, "in front of an eatery at Alakahia junction, they opened fire on innocent people. Three persons were later found dead, the motive of the attack is yet to be known and the identity of the attackers are yet to be unveiled, but investigation has really commenced.
“The deceased have been taken to UPTH for autopsy and we have also been able to restore a high level of normalcy in that axis".