Cross River schoolgirl laments father’s murder, seeks justice. Stella Ndoma, a Senior Secondary School student in Cross River State, is 19 years old and is fighting for justice after her father, Chief Mbayin Ndoma, also known as Otisco, was murdered in his hometown.
Stella requested that the Cross River State Police Commissioner, Aminu Alhassan, and the Inspector-General of Police, Usman Baba, pursue the murderers of her father, who was murdered on Wednesday, August 3, 2022, in his hometown.
Ndoma is said to have been assassinated in his village of Orimekpang Junction in the Cross River State’s Boki Local Government Area for reportedly sending some youngsters out of the area on the run from cults.
“I was astonished when I learned that my late father, Mbayin Ndoma, who was a traditional ruler in Orimekpang Community, Boki LGA of Cross River State, was shot to death by hoodlums and not even a fly has been apprehended in connection with his death,” Stella said.
Cross River schoolgirl laments father’s murder, seeks justice. According to information obtained, the village of Orimekpang Junction in Boki LGA, Cross River State, expelled some young men last year for their suspected involvement in cult activities.
The young men who had been exiled were claimed to have been upset by the event and to have broken into the neighborhood at night and killed Ndoma as retaliation.
Stella explained that her father received a call at around 12:20 in the morning from an unknown caller asking him to leave his house because assassins were on their way to assassinate him.
She claimed that assassins—suspected to be cultists—invaded her father’s home as soon as he escaped and tormented her father’s wife Queneth, demanding to know where her husband was. Queneth responded by telling the assassins that her husband wasn’t at home.
The assassins spent some time in their victim’s home waiting for the traditional ruler to get home, most likely so they could wreak mayhem on him, she continued.
At around 6 a.m., while my late father was attempting to return home from the community secondary school where he had sought refuge, he was ambushed and pulled there, which is only a short distance from the home of the traditional ruler.
She claimed that after her stepmother heard the gunshots, she hurried to the neighborhood kids and told them that she had heard gunshots near the neighborhood school and that her husband had not come home.
According to Stella, the village vigilant mobilized the youth of the community, who then went to the secondary school’s grounds where they discovered the body of the traditional chief.
“His attackers wrote, “This is the beginning of war between the community and us,” on the body of my father. She said, “With another warning message, ‘Anyone who desires to dare us should wait for his turn’; any man who squizzes bitter leaves, his hands would be bitter.
When contacted, SP Irene Ugbo, the Cross River Police Public Relations Officer, verified the event and stated that police had started a preliminary investigation in the LGA to find the murderers.
The police are already coordinating with the community’s leaders to find a method to apprehend the killers of the traditional ruler,” Ugbo said.