Okebata was kidnapped in Mbieri town, in the Mbaitoli Local Government Area of Imo state last Thursday.
It had been reported that the indigene of Umuduruorie in Umuomumu Mbieri, upon his abduction, was taken to Atta Junction in the Ikeduru LGA, where he was murdered in cold blood.
But after his abduction and subsequent assassination, a video emerged on Facebook showing him and his wife in a heated conflict of words, where she had allegedly threatened to deal with him, calling the police on her husband.
Concerned persons pointed accusing fingers at her, saying his abduction and death came soon after her threats.
She has,however, come out openly to narrate her own side of the story.
She claimed she is innocent of her husband’s death and has no hand in it.
In her narration, she categorically stated that she called the cops on her husband for her own safety because he constantly subjected her to physical abuse.
One Amanda Chisom shared the deceased’s wife’s story on Facebook:
“My own side of the story – Amanda, I once came to you about my husband and his incessant abuse and cheating. Yes I am the wife of the man who was assassinated, and I am just distraught. I do not even know where to start but it is only right I tell my own side of the story.
“I am innocent, God is my witness that I did not kill my husband or the evil that my husband’s family is portraying me to be, yes my sister in-law posted that video to make me look evil but the part she did not tell anybody was that I was calling the police to save me because he always beat me up and I was told to call the police whenever he started and that was exactly what I was doing, from the video you would see that I did not fight him or answered him. Should I have allowed him to kill me?
“Amanda, we have been married for 13 years since I was 19, it has been beating upon beating, I have gone through surgeries because of beating he gave me. How can I kill my husband, we live together, till the day he left for Nigeria, I packed his things, how could I kill him.
“Who do I know to order a hit on the father of my children? I have no interest in his properties as suggested after all we built everything together. God knows I am innocent. He went to Nigeria and was going to club spraying dollars and showing off, revealing his locations.
“They want to pin my husband’s death on me, my husband was not assassinated. He was kidnapped, because he is a military man he is always with a gun and when he shot to death one of the kidnappers, they shot him. Why is my family leaving out information about what happened and pinning it on me?
“I never threatened him to kill him; I am a working woman with a paying job and have no reason to kill him because of properties. All I just want is peace to mourn and raise my children. You can confirm my story from those people in my home town.
“My husband was careless in a country with high rate of crime and was kidnapped, if he had not shot one of the robbers, all we would have been talking about is paying ransom not death.
“Amanda why would I kill the father of my kids, why would I choose his death over a divorce if things were that bad?
“I have two boys, who will help me raise them? I am completely innocent of all the allegations. I have endured all this years through his beating and cheating and I did not leave or kill him, why would I do it now? All I ask is that I am left to mourn in peace and the killers found and prosecuted.
“Nne biko help me. I’m an innocent victim here. I love my husband and I’m still in tears. I’m mourning him and people are accusing me wrongly.My children are crying daily.”
Meanwhile, the Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO in the state, Andrew Enwerem, who confirmed the killing of Okebata at the weekend, had said the command had commenced investigation into the case with a view to bringing the perpetrators to justice.