By George Otumu
HE HAD DREAMS, YET his life was cut short from fulfilling his aspiration. He had a child, but no longer alive to play a fatherly role in the life of his toddler-son. This true story of EMMANUEL OGABI, a-26-year-old Nigerian immigrant in London will shock you. The deceased had recently closed from work, walking home along the alley when his supposed Nigerian friend, Onyema Olisa earlier upset with the victim for been promoted in the same working place conspired ‘out of jealousy’ with a British partner, Denzel Maposa to ‘hack-him down’ with support he received from some other accomplices. Ogabi’s dream ended, as he collapsed and died on the spot.
As a result of Ogabi’s demise, the Metropolitan Police have arrested, charged 23-year-old Maposa, from Dunstable and Olisa, 26, of Lewisham with the senseless murder of Ogabi. The victim was confirmed dead by police in the United Kingdom after he was stabbed on Wednesday, October 20, 2021, and left alone until he was found on Thursday morning, UK Standard reports. Ogabi was stabbed with a knife during an attack by a group of yet-to-be-identified thugs at about 11.40 pm and left to die on Sandy Hill Road in Woolwich, a district in southeast London within the Royal Borough of Greenwich.
United Kingdom, UK Police said someone in the neighbourhood reported a collapse in the street to police at about 7.48 am on Thursday, after which Ogabi was declared dead at the scene.
DCS Trevor Lawry, the officer in charge of policing for Greenwich, Lewisham and Bexley, was quoted to have said: “My thoughts are first and foremost with the victim’s family who is now having to come to terms with losing their loved one. We understand the shock this will cause in the community, and we are here to listen to your concerns.”
Investigation lead, Detective Chief Inspector Richard Leonard, from the Met’s Specialist Crime Command said: “Analysis of CCTV footage shows Ogabi was surrounded by a group of males.”
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The two suspects appeared in custody at Bromley Magistrates’ Court on Saturday November 13. The post-mortem examination of Ogabi found the cause of death to be a single stab wound. Maposa and Olisa have been remanded in custody
Parents of deceased reacts…
The devastated parents of Emmanuel Ogabi are at a loss to believe their son was ‘slaughtered’ to death just a few doors away from his family home. Ogabi who has a two-year-old son, was pronounced dead in the early hours of October 21 after being found collapsed on Sandy Hill Road.
A murder investigation was launched, and it is believed Ogabi was attacked by a group of men who “chased him down an alley” and stabbed him a few hours before he was found. His dad, Pastor Samuel Ogabi who is also a counsellor, and his mum, Bola Ogabi who is a primary school teacher, are full of “anguish” at their son being “left to bleed to death”.In a statement released by both parents and the rest of his family, they said: “Sometime on the night of October 20, Emmanuel was attacked by a group of men, a few doors away from his home. He was chased down the alley, and running for his life, he screamed out for help, and no one came to his aid. He was slaughtered in the street and left to bleed to death.
“The anguish, loss and the pain we feel as a family is indescribable, and no family should ever have to feel this pain or deal with such a loss. No family should ever lose a child under such circumstances.” Emmanuel’s murder was caused by a single stab wound and detectives are appealing for dashcam footage or doorbell camera users to come forward. Police leading the investigation have said they are investigating CCTV which shows Ogabi surrounded by a group of males. His family are determined to get him justice.
The statement added: “How many more black boys and men need to be murdered on our streets before we root this evil out of society? How many more families need to be left devastated? Ogabi is dead, and never to walk these streets again, the least we can do is get him justice. We appeal to everyone out there who carries a knife with the intent to harm another human, please drop the knife!”
Detective Chief Inspector Leonard, from the Met’s Specialist Crime Command, said: “We are specifically appealing for anyone who was in Burridge Place or Sandy Hill Road from 11.40pm to 11.45pm on Wednesday, October 20. Analysis of CCTV footage shows Emmanuel was surrounded by a group of males and we would like to identify who they are. Similarly, please check any doorbell or dashcam footage in case you have captured something that could prove useful for our investigation. No piece of information is too small.”