Edo Police Command To Unravel Death Of Journalist

By Ikhili Monday EBALU, Benin city

The Police in Benin has assured the family of late journalist, Edoseghe Eguakun, aka, Yakee, of thorough investigation into the death of their son.

The late Broadcaster, Edoseghe Eguakun, aka, Yakee, was found dead last Thursday by men of the Nigerian Police few metres away from his residence.

Late Edoseghe ,had worked with the Benin Network of DAAR Communication/Africa Independent Television (AIT) before he became the Communication officer of the rebranded Bendel Insurance Football Club (FC).

Emis Eguakun, younger sister to the deceased, said Police were the first to draw the family’s attention to the of their brother, who is widely speculated to have slumped and died last Friday morning.

She spoke when members of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) Edo state Council led by its Chairman, Comrade Roland Osakue paid an impromptu visit to the family of the late joiurnalist at the Weekend.

The cause of his death has raised serious questions for the authorities particularly his anguish relatives who claimed that he had never been known to be sick.

According to her, “the two Policemen from Aideyan Police Division in Benin City, arrived thier family residence at no 2, Idada Close, 2nd Agho Avenue, Evbuotubu Quartres in Benin at about noon on the fateful fateful day to inform them that Edoseghe Eguakun has been admitted to hospital.

Emice who did not disclose the identities of the Policemen had requested some family members to accompany them to Central hospital in Benin City where they found his Corpse in Central hospital morgue in Benin City.

She said the Policemen further briefed them about where they recovered his dead body few meters to his residence, off Boundary road in Government Reservation (GRA) in Benin City.

She noted that the preliminary checks conducted by Eguakun family members at the hospital’s morgue in the presence of the Policemen, indicate that there was no cut or bruise in his body.

She however could not clarify on the destination his late brother wss headed before tragedy struck at the early hours of Friday.

But, she assured that a postmortem will be undertaken in due course to among others determine the cause of the death of the journalist who was outwardly unassuming.

The distraught mother and Widow, Mrs. Eguakun, had earlier dismissed rumours that her late son was married with Children.

She said his late Son was been expected from an official engagement in Ibadan, Oyo state Capital, preparatory for her later husband’s fifth year Anniversary which was slated for (Sunday) yesterday when they received the reports of his death.

Bewildered family members, friends and Media practitioners within and outside Edo state have flocked to social Media to share their tributes for the departed.

Becky Fatima, staff of DARR Communication/AIT, Benin, “remarked that: “words alone cannot express how I feel right now. Edos to me was an inspirator, a motivator and a jolly good fellow. He has gone but he remains with us. There is hardly a journalist in Edo state that does not know Edos”.

The Chairman of Edo NUJ, Comrade Roland Osakue has ordered that a condolence register be opened at the Secretariat of the union in honour of the departed colleague and pledged support of the union towards Eguakun’s burial.

Already, loneliness has pervade a detached property by where Eguakun lived before he died.

One of his neighbours claimed that she held he had a brief telephone conversation between him and unknown caller before he embarked on a journey of no return.

A Police source has equally hinted that investigation into the circumstance sorrounding the incident has begun.

The security source revealed that “contact tracing and telephone conversation as well the places the journalist last visited before he died for possible forensic analysis”.

The late Broadcaster, is survived by aged mother, two sisters and four brothers.

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