Mr Freedom Odiete, chairman of Udu Harbour Market in Udu council area of Delta State have been confirmed by the Delta State Police Command. The Delta State Police Public Relations Officer, Onome Onowakpoyeya, who established the murder of the market chairman to newsmen on Monday in a telephone chat, said Odiete was murdered on Sunday by men believed to be hired assassins.
The chairman who was commonly known as Opito, was murdered by arms-wielding criminals who stopped him by the Cross-and-Stop Junction near Ekete Inland Junction along the DSC/Udu Expressway in Udu area of the state. Opito, according to an eye witness who witnessed the incident, was driving a Pathfinder Jeep when he was waylaid and shot on the left hand by his killers after two failed attempts on life last week.
Odiete immediately jumped outside his car but was rushed by the gunmen to Orhuwhorun Road before he was recurrently shot again by the criminals. It was gathered that the attack could be connected with the crisis rocking the ownership of the Udu Habour Market between youths in Ovwian and Owhase communities.
Findings showed that both communities have been in struggle over who controls the market with the late chairman insisting that the leadership of the market would not be divided along community line.
“This is the third time gunmen have gone after him. I was two poles away when I heard the gunshots raining the air. When the gunshots subsided, we rushed out only to see that it was Opito (Freedom Odiete) that was killed. He was attacked last week but God being so kind, he survived it.
“We learnt that Owhase and Ovwian communities have been having issues of Udu Habour Market. He has been receiving threats from some persons over the issue”, a friend of the deceased told our correspondent. He was also alleged to have been attacked last year.