By Kingsley Abavo

 

 

Late Sir  Anthony Edosomwan

Late Sir Anthony Edosomwan

Barely a month Prof. Paul Otasowie of the University of Benin was killed by unknown gunmen, a retired teacher of the University; Sir Anthony Nosa Edosomwan has been reported killed also by unknown gunmen suspected to be hired assassins.

The wife; Lady Kudirat Eunice Edosomwan narrates:

At about 6.40p.m on Sunday, 22 October, 2017, strange movements of men wearing mask and black clothing was noticed by residents of second Federal Street, off Medical Road, Benin – City until they scaled over the gate of house number 63 to gain entrance.

Coincidentally, it was when the house – maid simply identified as Promise was coming out through the back door after super to feed the dogs.

The gunmen thus gained easy entrance into the house as they immediately ordered the maid to lead them to owner of the house; Sir Anthony Nosa Edosomwan in the parlour.

As they reached him, they demanded the whereabouts of matriarch of the house; Lady Kudirat Eunice Edosomwan who was away to Lagos. Simultaneously, they descended on their victim with some beatings, and took the N50, 000 that was on the table.

Thereafter, he was ordered to give them key to the wife’s Highlander jeep in which he was taken away to an unknown destination. Hours later into the night, the gunmen through their victim’s phone established contact with Lady Edosomwan in Lagos.

They claimed to had been paid N7million to eliminate their victim but demanded N50million ransom to spare and set him free.

Lady Edosomwan agreed to meet the demand but begged that her husband’s life be spared while she in conjunction with the family members runs around to raise the ransom.

The following day; Monday, 23 October, 2017, she returned home to Benin to pursue release of her husband but was shocked that she could not reach the abductors anymore; the phone line with which they earlier communicated went dead.

The following day; Tuesday, in her worries, the news of the husband’s assassination reached her that the corpse was found along a bush part at the outskirt of Benin on Upper – Siluko Road by school children who alerted their teachers.

The teachers in turn alerted the police who swiftly moved in to take the corpse and deposited it in the Central hospital morgue in the City.

Also, the Highlander jeep in which the victim was taken away has been recovered by the police where it was abandoned.

Lady Edosomwan further said that her husband had been entangled in a law suit over inheritance controversy of their late mother’s property with his brothers. A law suit which has lasted for about six years and judgement fixed for first week of November this year.

She said, there is every indication that her husband’s assassination could not be unconnected to the lingering controversy and suit in the court of law.

She pleads that the Police should do all that is possible to track down those behind the dastard act and unravel cause of the assassination.

Sir Edosomwan first retired as a Director at the Edo State Arts Council and lectured at the Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma, before joining the University of Benin where he retired last year