To some, it is still a dream while to others, it is a rude shock, how an Anti-Cult warlord Amb. Ogwu-Chinuwa Austyne Emuamaka, President, Anti-Cult Volunteer Corps (AVC), popularly known as Austyn Emu, was waylaid and murdered by members of Black Axe cult group in Kwale, Ndokwa west local government area of Delta state.
A police source in the state who claimed the deceased was with him the previous day up till in the evening, disclosed that they had a successful deliberation and planned to meet again before he met his untimely death.
The police, however, called on the public not to take laws into their hands, assuring that the command would bring to book all that are in connection with the death of the Anti-Cult president.
“I assure you that even in death, late Austyne deserves justice and those who perpetrated the act must be brought to justice. Let us all partner with the police to bring them to justice and that those who murdered our friend and working colleague will know no peace until they are arrested, investigated and eventually charge to court”, he said.
Meanwhile some social media users, especially Facebook, where the deceased is a friend, lamented his murder.
One Facebook user with the name, Princewill Chukwuka, Chukwualasula Ogbolu, said: “While I was still grief-stricken over the passing of Edafe, then Austyne Emu passed last night.
“So much unwholesomeness in the last 7 days. I’m still in shock. How do we get out of here? He prayed God to grant all affected the fortitude to bear, “I condole with the families, friends and well wishers. Rest on brothers”, Ogbolu, said.
Also, RoyalJoyce Gbenle, wrote thus: “Those who killed you will turn AGAINST themselves now and slaughter themselves. Those who made your children fatherless will reap desolation!
“Those who caused your mother sorrow in this season, will harvest sorrow for breakfast daily. The Lord God will remember their sins every second and cause them to reap their wickedness.
“Austyne Emu, you died following the path fate chose for you, may God look upon your heart of gold and avenge you speedily”, Gbenle, prayed.
Another commentator, Henry Sunkle, who has not met with the deceased before, equally wrote: “I am so saddened and shocked to hear of the unwarranted and gruesome assassination of Austyne Emu.
“I neither met him personally nor knew him one on one but am so proud of what he achieved in restoring peace and security to my homeland, Kwale.
“This was a young man who ensured that our communities in Ndokwa Nation had relative peace, just as he condemned cowardly and dastardly killing in its entirety and called on the leaders of Ndokwa Nation at all levels to condemn the killing in very strong terms.
“The Delta state government working in synergy with the Nigerian Police should investigate this murder and ensure that those who killed him should be arrested and prosecuted”, he added.
Contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Onome Onovwakpoyeya, confirmed the killing, assuring that investigation has commenced into the murder.