- Following death threats, a lawyer, Frank Tietie, has abandoned a murder case of a young man in Zone 3, Abuja, he is handling
- According to the lawyer, he was engaged by the victim's family to monitor police investigation on the matter
- Tietie said he has reported the matter to the police
A lawyer living in Abuja has abandoned a murder case over death threats he received for working with the police on the investigation.
Frank Tietie on Sunday, July 22, said he received the death threat through a text message on his phone on Friday.
According to the lawyer, investigating the murder of Adekunle Ekundayo at Wuse Zone 3, Abuja in May, 2018, some highly placed and organised set of people are involved in the crimes.
Tietie who is also the executive director, Citizens Advocacy for Social and Economic Rights said the victim's family had engaged him to monitor police investigation on the matter.
He said the author of the SMS, thinking he was related to the deceased said: “The untimely death that took your junior brother is at your door.”
Punch reports that the lawyer said he had since reported the development to the police which asked him to visit the station on Monday, July 23.
“The threat was issued to me on Friday, 20th July, 2018 by SMS from a phone number, which I would have wanted to publish but I don’t yet have clearance from the police.
“The threat is not unconnected with the recent murder of a young man in Zone 3, Abuja in company of his fiancée sometime in May, 2018.
I was hired by the family of the deceased young man to assist the police investigation and to ensure compliance with law and justice. I have discharged that responsibility to the best of my ability since I was briefed," the lawyer noted.
He also said he had sent the police a compilation of lead on the matter immediately after he received the threat on his phone.
“I sent a compilation of posers and leads on the case to the police on Friday, it was the same day the SMS containing the death threat was sent to me.
“I sense that there are very powerful or highly organised forces behind the murder of that young man who had a successful distribution startup in Abuja,” Tietie said.
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While urging the public to help the police with all necessary support to ravel the case, the lawyer declared that he would be withdrawing from the matter.
“I shall formally bring this development to the Inspector-General of Police and the President of the Nigeria Bar Association on Monday, seeking appropriate directions as a Nigerian lawyer who is simply doing his job.
“Meanwhile, I have considered to be discreet in this matter and would therefore withdraw my further involvement in the investigation of the murder case," he said.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously reported that an assistant youth leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Ejiro Ikpikpini, was stabbed and strangled to death by suspected hired assassins.
The ugly incident was said to have occurred on Sunday, July 22, in Ikpikpini's resident at Uloho Avenue by men said to be eight in number.
It was also gathered that the deceased until his death was the youth leader of the Chief Cyril Ogodo-led executive of Delta state chapter of the APC.
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