(The Nation) – One month after a Managing Director of Guarantee Trust Bank (GTB) Liberia branch, Daniel Orogun, died in questionable circumstances, his family on Thursday called on the Federal government to ensure his alleged murderer was brought to book.
The family which fingered a Liberian businessman, George Kailondo, as the murderer said there was no truth in the story the suspect gave to the country’s media.
A press statement made available to The Nation and signed by the deceased’s elder brother, Pastor Felix Orogun, said the family has been quiet all the while because it was investigating the death of the banker.
Debunking claims that the banker had drowned while on a boat cruise to celebrate his wedding anniversary, the family spokesman said the deceased had gone with his wife and children to Kailondo’s house to honour his invitation.
“It is not true that my brother was celebrating his wedding anniversary when he drowned in the water. Besides, my brother was a very good swimmer and there was no way he would have drowned in that water which is calmer than the Lagos lagoon.
“I was in Liberia for two weeks investigating my brother’s death. And the true position is that George Kailondo had a motive to kill him. He wanted to float an airline across the west coast (Kailondo airline), and wanted the bank (GTB) to fund it.
“But my brother refused because after investigation by an aviation expert, it was discovered that Kailondo was not ready to float an airline. Because he had gone on air to say he was starting an airline and my brother told him the things he needed to do before the bank will fund the project, he saw my brother as a stumbling block.
“It was not the first time he invited him for dinner. He has been inviting him since last year but my brother never honoured it. He was to go last November but as he was about to enter his car, the door accidentally chopped off his thump and he was flown to Ghana for surgery. Maybe, that was the day he would have been dead.
“But this time around, Kailondo invited my brother and his family for dinner. It was a Sunday and by the time he returned home after church service, he received three phone calls in quick succession from Kailondo on the invitation.
“My brother reluctantly told his wife, Isioma of the need to honour the invitation from Kailondo, a major customer of the bank. He was reluctant because he does not like missing football matches involving Arsenal and the team was to play with Chelsea that day.
“So, he phoned a friend of his to keep him informed of developments in the match, and then he took a bottle of wine and some soft drinks for the children to Kailondo’s place. On getting to the host’s house, the man offered them drink, but Daniel went to his vehicle and brought the drinks he had brought from home.
“Kailondo then suggested that they should go for a boat ride so that by the time they returned, dinner would be ready. He took them to the boat, Daniel and his children first entered. His wife was a bit skeptical at first, but eventually entered, not wanting to stay away from her family.
“They all entered the boat only to discover that there was no life jacket. In the boat that was steered by Kailondo, Daniel’s wife said there were two other men that seated at the rear. There was also a diver named Micheal, who was following them on Jet Skii.
“Isioma said she demanded for life jacket and other safety procedure before the boat drove off but they were assured there was no cause for alarm as experienced divers were with them.”
Continuing, Pastor Orogun said his brother’s wife disclosed that the journey was smooth until Kailondo suggested that they go into the high sea, which she and her late husband refused.
“They then stopped, relaxed and were chatting while Dan was responding to news on football game going on through his phone. Music was on in the boat. Dan was on the back seat. Kailondo emptied part of his whiskey into Dan’s cup but my brother saw him and reminded him that it was his own cup, at which point his wife took it away to prevent him from drinking from it.
“While everyone was relaxed, Kailondo was dancing and watching Dan who was busy on his phone. Then, unexpectedly, Kailondo started the engine with high speed and made an almost 360 degrees turn anti-clockwise. The children and Isioma lost balance and fell inside the boat, while Dan was thrown inside the river. But the two young men who were at the nose of boat did not fall. It shows they were prepared for the move.
“Before this happened, Micheal, the diver who was following them on Jet Skii and displaying some acrobatics has disappeared. The young men who Kailondo had also said were divers did not make any attempt to save Dan.” READ MORE OF THIS STORY