The 82-year-old mother of Former Chairman of the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS), Mrs. Ifueko Okauru, Mrs. Grace Omigui died yesterday in a Lagos hospital, following multiple gunshots wounds she sustained from an armed robbery attack in Benin City, Edo State.
A statement released by her family, said
the armed robbery attack took place in Edo State capital, on her way from the Sapele Road branch of the Guaranty Trust Bank (GTB).
However, the exact date of the robbery attack was not disclosed in the family’s statement issued by her eldest son, Nowamagbe.
Extolling her virtues, the statement by the family noted that, “Even in the face of unprovoked attack, she did what she does best: rightly questioned the indefensible actions of the armed robbers as she felt it was wrong.”
According to the family statement, the late Madam Omoigui, born on December 28, 1933, had an illustrious professional career, first as an educationist and former Vice Principal of Federal Government Girls College (FGGC), Benin City, before she later became a lawyer, and eventually retired as a magistrate in the Lagos State Judiciary. She also represented the Federal Ministry of Education on the Nigerian delegation to India in 1988.
The statement reads: “Mama G, as she loved to be called, fought a gallant fight to live but the Lord decided that her time on this earth was done. She leaves behind a legacy of love to one’s neighbour regardless of cost and personal sacrifice. Even in the face of unprovoked attack, she did what she does best: rightly questioned the indefensible actions of the armed robbers as she felt it was wrong.
Meanwhile, the Commissioner of Police, Edo state Command, Haliru Gwandu, said he was unaware of robbery attack on the mother of the FIRS boss in Benin City.
Gwandu said the only related report of armed robbery attack was the one on which he briefed the media on Friday, which involved the arrest of two armed robbery suspects who were reportedly shot dead in the afternoon by operatives of Edo State Police Command, and a member of the same gang, who was also arrested.
On Friday, Gwandu had told the media that a four-man robbery gang had trailed their victim who wanted to buy a car from Ughelli in Delta State to a new generation bank located around Technical College Road Junction, Benin City, where he had gone to withdraw money.
The robbers who reportedly came in a grey-coloured Toyota Corolla car bearing an Abuja registration number, were said to have gone into the bank with their victim unknown to him and as he attempted to come out of the bank after withdrawing the money, shot him on the lap after robbing him of a sum of N500,000.
The robbers, in a bid to scare away people, shot sporadically into the air, while attempting to escape but luck ran out on them, as they were chased by men of Operation Thunder Storm, a security outfit of the State Police Command that engages in regular patrols of Benin City and its environs.
It was gathered that two of the armed robbers were shot dead during the encounter in the Evbomore area of Ugbowo, off Ugbowo-Lagos Road, while another member of the gang was said to have been arrested by the police with the stolen money recovered.
Meanwhile, the victim of the attack was said to have been rushed to the University of Benin Teaching Hospital (UBTH) for medical attention.