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19 Nov 2017

Murder of SPDC staff: Firm reacts to incident, disowns staff

The management of MB and C Investment has disassociated itself from the suspected murderers of a contract staff of SPDC, Cletus Oyekwere, faulting a statement credited to the police where the two arrested culprits were linked to it.
Recall that a recent press statement by the police had disclosed how the use of forensic technology in criminal investigation by the Rivers State Police command paid off and unravelled a mysterious killing incident at Shell Industrial Area in Port Harcourt.

According to Deputy Commissioner of Police in Charge of Operations, Ahmed Magaji, the forensic report was used in apprehending suspected killers of one Cletus Onyekwere.

Magaji said, ‘’This effort paid off handsomely when after three Months of submitting the Forensic Exhibits, a match was found belonging to one of the profiles earlier sent, identified as that of Kingsley Nwankor 40yrs, a staff of MB $ C Investment Ltd, a subcontracting firm with SPDC who will be paraded today.

“His confession led to the arrest of the second suspect, Joseph Francis 37yrs also a staff of MB $ C Investment who is currently helping us in our Investigation.’’

Responding, however, in a statement made available to newsmen in Abuja , a management staff of the company, Chinyere Okoro said, it was wrong to have linked the two staff to the company even after it was clear they had been relieved of their job and are no longer staff of the firm.

She said the company had earlier cleared its name in an interview with the police and was surprised to have been linked again to the two suspects.

The statement further cleared that, ‘’Upon questioning of Kingsley Nwakor by DCP FELIX VWAMMI in the presence of Officer Emmanuel of SCIID and the management of MB and C Investment Ltd, Kingsley Nwakor confirmed that the management of MB and C Investment Ltd were neither involved in any way nor had prior knowledge with regards to the murder of Mr. Cletus Oyekwere.’’

The firm also stressed that even as it sympathises with the family of the deceased over the death of the victim, it’s important to also note for record purposes that, ‘’the unfortunate murder of Mr. Cletus Oyekwere did not occur during business hours, hence the need for the company to be dissociated completely from the incident.

The statement reads, ‘’The notice of the management of MB and C Investment Ltd has been drawn to a recent press release by the Nigeria Police Rivers state command made on 17/11/2017 with regards to the arrest of Kingsley Nwakor and Joseph Francis on the murder of Mr. Cletus Oyekwere within the Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) Industrial area in Port Harcourt.

‘’By a letter dated 10/11/2017 with Ref: CR: 3000/RVS/X/D4/VOL.29/93, the management of MB and C Investment Ltd were invited for an interview scheduled for 13/11/2017 with DCP FELIX VWAMMI Deputy Commissioner of Police, State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department (SCIID) with regards to the murder of Mr. Cletus Oyekwere.

‘’On 13/11/2017, after statements had been obtained from the management of MB and C Investment Ltd by the Nigeria Police, upon questioning of Kingsley Nwakor by DCP FELIX VWAMMI in the presence of Officer Emmanuel of SCIID and the management of MB and C Investment Ltd, ‘’Kingsley Nwakor confirmed that the management of MB and C Investment Ltd were neither involved in any way nor had prior knowledge with regards to the murder of Mr. Cletus Oyekwere.

‘’The management of MB and C Investment Ltd upon cogent confirmation on 13/11/2017 at the State Intelligence and Investigation Department of the Nigeria Police, Rivers State command that Kingsley Nwakor and Joseph Francis were complicit in the murder of Mr. Cletus Oyekwere, the employment of the duo were effectively terminated.

‘’It’s imperative and significant for record purposes to state that the unfortunate murder of Mr. Cletus Oyekwere did not occur during business hours and there is no justification for the company to be linked to the murder as it is clear that the said Kingsley Nwakor and Joseph Francis acted independently.

‘’We sincerely condole with the family of Mr. Cletus Oyekwere on this unfortunate incident and we commend the Nigeria Police for unravelling the perpetrators of this heinous act,’’ it said.

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