The chairman of Oghara Vigilante Group in Ethiope-West Local Government Area, Mr. Benson Ogedegbe died on Tuesday, June 23, 2015, witnesses say.
They debunked allegations and accusations making rounds that soldier killed Ogedegbe.
“Nothing like that happened” they said.
Giving a background to what transpired, a source said the deceased was struggling over a gun with a member of the security while reciting incantations before a bullet killed him.
“In an attempt to save his life, the patrol team carried him to the hospital where he later died” the source said .
Ogedegbe, some months ago was arrested by the police for his involvement in bunkering and criminality in Oghara, Ethiope West Local Government Area.
Several sources in the area said a suspect mentioned his name in gun hiring deals. They also accused him of collecting money from criminals and innocent civilians.
“Soldiers are out to protect us. They have reduced criminalities in Warri North, Ethiope West, Sapele, Okpe and Ethiope East. The highways are now passable. Let nobody under any guise try to get the soldiers into unnecessary problem with us” a community leader said.