By Charles Nwabardi
Facts are already emerging as to how the founder of the popular Warri Choral Society (WCS), Pa Joe Ayomike and his wife, Dr (Mrs) Chinyere Ayomike; a Senior Lecturer in the Music Department of Delta State University, Abraka, were gruesomely murdered at their home in Warri, Delta State.
Their home is located along School Road beside Nana College in Warri GRA, Delta State.
The yet unknown suspects also reportedly carted away valuables including two exotic cars belonging to the late couple.
Having murdered the classic music lover and promoter and his wife, the assassins allegedly locked their victims in one of their rooms in the compound and fled with some other items including the vehicles from the residence.
It was learnt that the deceased were killed between Friday night and Saturday but their decomposing corpses were only found on Monday morning.
The foul smell from their residence was said to have attracted visitors including family members who have been making frantic efforts to speak with either of them on phone since on Saturday morning to no avail.
The deceaseds’ mobile phones were said to have been switched off since on Saturday while the gate to the compound were under lock and key.
Following offensive smell, the visitors were alleged to have forced the gate and doors in the compound open. Their corpses were found to be already decomposing.
However, the whereabouts of the security guard to the compound could not be known as his telephone was not reachable.
The late Pa Ayomike, an Itsekiri from Ugborodo in Warri South LGA, recently celebrated his 86th birthday anniversary with family and friends.
He attended the prestigious London School of Economics.
He was a younger brother to Pa Johnson Oritsegbubemi Sunday Ayomike, a popular Itsekiri historian, who died in 2017.
When contacted, the State Police Public Relations Officer, DSP, Bright Edafe, confirmed the sad incident, saying the state police command had swung into action to unravel what led to the couple’s death.
Meanwhile, the Itsekiri Leaders of Thought Chairman, Chief Edward Ekpoko had this to say, “I received the news with shock. The elder brother was our Chairman. The late Pa Joseph had been relating with us on matters that affect Itsekiri nation. You knew him with his Choral concert.