Widow of victim of cult-killing narrates how her husband was shot dead after church service

Ehinoma Solomon

By Jethro Ibileke

Widow of Ehinoma Solomon who was shot dead by suspected cultists on Sunday, 9 July, has narrated how her husband was killed in her presence and her three children, right in front of a popular church after the close of service.

The daredevil hoodlums said to be about 10 in number, apparently laid ambush for their victim while the church service lasted.

Ehinoma who is popularly kniwn as Ehis, was a business man and the Chief Security Officer (CSO) of Oke-Oroma Community in Ikpoba Okha LGA of Edo State, an area notorious for land grabbing and rival secret cultists are currently engaged in a fierce fight.

He was one of about 10 victims shot dead in the latest suspected cult rivalry.

Narrating the ugly incident, the traumatized Mrs. Osareniye Solomon, disclosed that worshippers who were right inside the church, preparing to start a  meeting at the end of service dashed for cover when the suspected killers shot sporadically into the air to scare people away, hitting some of them who received bullets wounds.

She disclosed that the assailants laid a snare for her late husband, waiting patiently for him to close from the church at about 11 am and heading home before they struck him down.

Mrs Solomon said that her deceased husband had politely apologized that he would not be able to attend an adult meeting called by the pastor, as he had another schedule.

But, no sooner he left with her little daughter tailing him to collect something for the wife from his car parked a few metres away, than the assailants opened fire.

According to her, “A gun shot rang out close to where he parked his car immediately he stepped out the door and my daughter ran back inside the church. My husband also tried to run back but he was shot and he fell down.

“When I looked outside I saw over ten young men surrounding my husband’s car. It was right in front of the church that they fatally shot my husband and also butchered him with a machete after they shot him dead.”

She added that after the shooting, they took his mobile phone and ATM card from his pocket before hurriedly zooming off in a car.

Mrs Solomon which is now turned widow, disclosed that the husband had a premonition of his death as he showed  him a text message which clearly stated that he and two other persons in the small community have been marked to be killed, three days before he was gruesomely murdered by the unknown assailants.

Meanwhile, the edo State House of Assembly has condemned the recent uosurge in cult-related killings in the state capital.

Members of the Assembly wbile deliberating on a motion to that effect, sponsored by the Member Representing Oredo East Constituency, Hon Uyi Frank Omosigho, called on the state government and security agencies to put a stip to it.