Residents of the Oghara community in Ethiope West Local Government Area (LGA) of Delta State are resting easier following the fatal lynching of a notorious crime boss operating in the area, Onoriode “Onos” Okeribo, according to sources speaking to SaharaReporters.
Onos’ death followed his arrest in Edo State by members of the local vigilante group who had known of his brutal reputation, according to numerous police and local sources. A series of SaharaReporters’ investigations found that Onos was the mastermind behind the armed robbery, murder for hire, and kidnappings in the area and operated with the open protection and collaboration of the 19th Battalion operating near the Oghara area.
A SaharaReporters investigation discovered last year that Onos paid members of the 19th Battalion to protect him while he carried out his criminal activities in the area, including illegal oil bunkering, kidnapping for ransom, and carjacking.
This was revealed shortly after Lance Corporal Obinna of the 19th Battalion shot and killed Benson Ogedegbe, the Chairman of the Oghara vigilante group, in broad daylight on the orders of Lieutenant-Colonel Aminu Umar. The late Mr. Ogedegbe had been accused of informing the police of the illicit activities of Onos and the 19th Battalion.