Family Seeks Probe Of Mysterious Death of Ex-Shell Engineer in Port Harcourt

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The family of late Timothy Kalio, 58 years old, who died some days ago, have appealed to the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Ibrahim Kpotum Idris and Rivers State government to investigate the mystery surrounding his death.

Late Kalio was said to have died recently in an undisclosed hospital in Port-Harcourt, the Rivers State capital, where he was taken to for an undisclosed sickness.

Kalio family also said after his demise, his corpse was deposited in a morgue without the knowledge of any of his children.

Speaking on the worrisome development, one of the children of the deceased, Dr (Mrs.) Belema Uduje, said all efforts to communicate with her late father on phone and Facebook prior to his death proved abortive, as his phone was switched off, while his Facebook account had been deleted.

According to Dr. Uduje, who is the first child and daughter of late Kalio; “we suspect a foul play. This was a man full of life without any complain. And a week before we were told of his death, all efforts to reach him on phone and Facebook were futile, as his phone was switched off and his Facebook account deleted.
“But few days after his death his phone was on, this was extremely puzzling. Why would someone deliberately switch off his phone and deleted himself from social media? Belema rhetorically asked.

“We were told that he complained of a headache and was rushed to a hospital where a CT scan was done, and the scan result showed bleeding from both sides of the brain which was caused by trauma.

“We were also told that a neurosurgeon requested that surgery be done to drain the blood, which we were told that our father consented to, and he died after the surgery was done.

“Even after he died, his body was taken to the mortuary. All these happened without us being informed. He had no life threatening medical condition. He was a healthy fun loving man.

Late Engr. Kalio

“Following his death, we tried to seek answers to questions surrounding the cause of death from his second wife but she refused to answer. We also pleaded with his family to ask questions but the family says they are not interested in knowing what happened to their brother they just want to bury him.

“Circumstances surrounding his death are suspicious. It is very impossible for a healthy individual to bleed in the brain. The deceased just retired from Shell Petroleum Development Company less than a year, and he was paid gratuities and benefits in full. I am asking the appropriate authorities to seek justice for my father.

“It is on this premise that we are appealing to the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), and the Rivers State Governor, Barr. Nyesom Wike, to investigate the circumstances surrounding the death of our father, and ensure that all those involved in his death be brought to book.

Dr. Uduje particularly appealed to the IGP to order Force Criminal Investigation Department (FCID), to carry out full scale investigation on the mysterious death of her father.

She also called on her professional association, Nigerian Medical Association, Port-Harcourt branch, to assist her and family members in Investigating the cause of her late father’s death.

Equally, two of the deceased’s daughters, who are lawyers, have also appealed to the Port-Harcourt branch of Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), to join in fishing out the supposed killer of their father.

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