The family of the late Awotongha and Tarilate Ala-Binte have said that those behind the murder of their two relatives will soon experience a cruel end.
Prince Ala-Binte, the eldest of Mrs Awotongha’s children, said on Saturday that those who murdered his mother and brother would soon meet their waterloo.
A group of bandits had raided the Port Harcourt residence of the Ala-Bintes, shot and killed their tenants before whisking the owner of the house, Jonathan, his wife and youngest son away in a boat.
Jonathan was soon released and asked to go and bring N50m as ransom for his wife and son to regain their freedom.
Unfortunately, the hoodlums killed his wife and son and threw their bodies into the river during the incident, which happened on May 10, 2019.
The kidnappers, who had assured the family that their relatives were alive, later negotiated and collected ransom from them.
But the eldest son of the family, Prince, who spoke with our correspondent during a service of songs organised in honour of the deceased at the All Saints’ Christ Church International, Port Harcourt, Rivers State, prayed God to grant him and his father the strength to overcome the tragedy that had befallen them.
Prince said, “I feel so terrible and words alone cannot describe how terrible I feel over the murder of my mother and younger brother by kidnappers. I just pray that God will give my father and I the strength to recover from the tragedy. Honestly, it is inexplicable how this happened.
“To those, who murdered my mother and brother, I tell them that man is not God and that very soon, they will meet their waterloo; they will meet the end they deserve. I say this because nobody deserves what they did to my family.
“I was in school when I got the message that my mother and brother were abducted and killed. For now, I just try to stay strong for my father.
“As a Christian, I keep reminding him that God knows the best and no matter how a situation is, God has his plans. We are all God’s children and we have to surrender to the plans he has for us.”
He, however, called on government at all levels to increase the fight against insecurity in order to give the citizens the confidence of living without fear.
Earlier, a cleric in the church, Pastor John Goodluck, assured the congregation at the service of song that those behind the gruesome murder of Awotongha and Tarilate would not go unpunished.
Pastor Goodluck prayed that there shall no longer be untimely death in the Ala-Binte family, adding that the power of death had been broken in the household.