Just when the air is about to settle over allegations of ritual involvements of the Peoples Democratic Party ( PDP ) governorship candidate, Hon. Terhemen Tarzoor and the state governor Dr. Gabriel Suswam who were widely speculated to have travelled to Gambia to consult marabouts and engage in rituals, the All Progressives Congress ( APC ), candidate Chief Samuel Ortom has been enmeshed in another ritual scandal.
Chief Ortom has been fingered in the mysterious death of a staff of his farm, Oracle Farms Limited. In a petition written to the Inspector General of Police, by the National Democratic Front ( NDF ), signed by its president, Comrade Philip Agbese, the family of the deceased, have accused the farm and its owner in the death of Mr. Shikor.
“that we are greatly hurt by the realisation, that our patriarch may have been killed for ritual purpose which his employer has a long standing history of involvement. . . especially that in this period politicians are known to involve in rituals to gain advantage over their opponents”, the family lamented.
In a copy of the letter to the NDF signed by a brother to the deceased, the family claim that Mr. Shakur had gone to work on the 2nd March but did not return. When enquiries were made at his work place, Oracle Farms, the company management denied any knowledge of his whereabouts. However when the search by the family member intensified, they discovered his corpse lying carelessly in the bush around the farm. The management of the farm was alerted of this discovery and they are still denying knowledge of the incident.
The letter further states that the family has approached their late member’s employer for assistance in burying Mr. Shikor which has been unsuccessful as they have been denied entrance into the farm premises and also being refused access to the owner who says he is too busy with campaigns to attend to the matter.
The NDF has called on the Inspector General to speed up investigation into the death which was reported to the police without any positive response. It stated further that the family feared that the matter may be swept under the carpet as the influence of Ortom who is a former minister may hinder proper investigation into the matter.
” We hereby write on behalf of the Shikor family to appeal to your good office to ensure the matter is investigated to enable family gets prompt justice for the death of their patriarch”. It read in part.
Daily Times as at the time of filing this report attempts to reach Chief Ortom proved abortive as his numbers were switched off.