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Anambra Driver Dies In Police Custody, Corpse Missing



The family of a driver, Ikenna Udu, has accused the police at the State Criminal Investigation Department Annex, Awkuzu, in the Oyi Local Government Area of Anambra State, of torturing him to death.


The victim’s wife, Mary, alongside her in-law, Chioma Aniebonam, and her husband, Sunday, while lamenting Ikenna’s death, said efforts to retrieve his corpse had proved abortive.


They further alleged that the police, upon realising that Ikenna had died, buried him without their knowledge and refused to disclose the location of his corpse.

It was gathered that Ikenna, his wife and children, alongside his brother, Chidubem, parents and some friends, were at home in Abatete, in the Idemili North Local Government Area of the state, when armed policemen stormed the premises around 4am sometime in September 2022.

Ikenna’s wife, who spoke to our correspondent on Monday, said the policemen arrested four persons, including Ikenna and Chidubem, adding that they whisked them away to an undisclosed location.


The mother of four said, “It took us up to one week before we were able to know that the policemen came from Awkuzu SARS (SCID Annex). When I took food there for Ikenna and Chidubem, the policemen collected it on their behalf.

“It was on the second attempt that the policemen told me Ikenna and Chidubem had been remanded in the Onitsha Custodial Centre. So, I visited the facility to see both of them, but surprisingly, it was only Chidubem I saw. When I asked after my husband, Chidubem told me he was dead.”

Ikenna’s sister, Chioma, explained that her brothers were arrested after a neighbour alleged in a petition that the duo, alongside two others, stormed his house with weapons and robbed him of his property.


Chioma’s husband, Sunday, said when family members visited the man that wrote the petition against his in-laws, he demanded N1.5m for settlement.


Sunday, however, said policemen at the SCID Annex demanded N200,000 to release his in-laws on bail, adding that they were planning to raise the money when Ikenna died.

He said, “The house where Ikenna and Chidubem lives and the building of the man that claimed they robbed him, is separated by a fence. How will they rob him? I know they can’t do such a thing. Both of them were arrested last month but Ikenna died in police custody as a result of torture.


“The police didn’t inform us that Ikenna had died; what we just heard was that they charged them to court. We also gathered that another person was used to represent Ikenna in court and they were all remanded in prison. But when Chidubem informed us that his brother died in police custody, we returned to the SARS office in Awkuzu to demand Ikenna’s corpse, and they started acting shady.”

In a bid to get justice, Sunday said the family secured the services of a lawyer, Chike Nonyelu, who petitioned the SCID Annex in the Oyi Local Government Area of the state regarding the matter.


Sunday said, “The police later told us that Ikenna’s corpse had been buried. I visited the Awkuzu SARS with a friend who knew Ikenna, to demand his corpse, but the police refused me entry.

“My friend was allowed to enter because he knew some of the policemen; he went in to confirm Ikenna’s corpse, but he said the corpse that was dug out was that of another person. He said the corpse they dug out had no tongue, breast, and private parts.


“We complained but the policemen pursued us out of their office. I want the world to know about this story because I have never seen that kind of a thing before in my life.”


Nonyelu, when contacted, confirmed that members of the Udu family instructed him to handle the defence of their sons, Ikenna and Chidubem.

He said, “I have applied to the Chief Magistrates’ Court, Ogidi, where they were said to have been arraigned. I am yet to obtain a certified copy of the record of proceedings of that court. I am hopeful to get them by Thursday.”


Contacted on Wednesday, October 26, for a reaction, the state Police Public Relations Officer, Ikenganyia Anthony, told our correspondent to send a text message for a reaction, but refused to make a comment.


Ikenganyia, when contacted again on Monday, October 31, told our correspondent to send a message, but had yet to respond as of the time this report was filed.

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Frank Nweke Jr. Casts Vote, Addresses Reports Of Violence By PDP In Enugu




Frank Nweke Jr has cast his vote in Ozalla and addressed newsmen immediately after, citing reports of violence and voter intimidation by the People’s Democratic Party in many parts of Enugu State.

He also revealed that an APGA House of Assembly candidate was attacked and almost killed this morning in Udenu and the five polling units cordoned off by men in security outfits.

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Enugu2023: APC Collapses Structure For APGA, Burns Brooms And Party Artefacts




Members of the All Progressives Congress in Ozzi Edem, Nsukka Local Government Area, have collapsed their structure, vowing to redirect their energy into ensuring the victory of Frank Nweke Jr as the next Governor of Enugu State.

Addressing the community at Afor Ozzi market, the former ward chairman of now defunct All Progressives Congress in Ozzi Edem ward, Hon. Mathew Enete said that their decision was based on the premises that APGA is their own party. They vowed to prove this at the polls on March 11.

The declaration was followed by the burning of brooms and other party artefacts.

In his address, Nweke thanked the Edem people for the warm welcome they accorded him and for aligning with APGA’s core philosophy of shared prosperity – being one’s brothers and sister’s keeper where nobody is left behind.

Nweke assured the people of his commitment to rehabilitate the major road that led to the Edem community, which has remained in terrible condition for decades.

He vowed to ensure that all outstanding pensions are paid and further guarantee the timely and regular payment of pensions and gratuities to retirees.

Nweke therefore urged the people to vote massively for him and other APGA candidates for the State House of Assembly on March 11, so that with his emergence as Governor, he will fulfil his promises to the good people of Enugu State.

He concluded by welcoming the former members of the All Progressives Congress to the All Progressives Grand Alliance, stating that he was confident that God would grant their request for good leadership.

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Protest In Enugu Over Murder Of LP Senatorial Candidate, Oyibo Chukwu




A group of concerned indigenes of Enugu State under the aegis of Citizen Against Violence, at the weekend staged a peaceful protest on the streets of Enugu metropolis, demanding justice for the late 2023 Labour Party candidate for the Enugu East senatorial zone, Barr Oyibo Chukwu.


He was recently killed alongside five others and burnt by yet to be identified gunmen.


The protesters, who were clad in black and black attires, were led by kinsmen of the slain Labour Party chieftain who hailed from Amuri in Nkanu West local government area of Enugu State.


Leader of the group and immediate past Enugu State chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Dr Ben Nwoye called for an end to political killings in the state.


Nwoye said what they were demanding was nothing but “Justice for Barr Chukwu who was brutally murdered on February 22 on his way back from campaign.”


He said the Amuri people have lost a rare gem who had contributed meaningfully to the development of the area and called for an investigation into his murder and the perpetrators brought to book.

It would be recalled that since the incident occurred, there had been series of protests across the state including the one staged by lawyers.


The protesters carrying placards with inscriptions such as “we demand for Justice for Oyibo Chukwu”, “What has our brother done to be murdered like a goat” urged the security agencies to fish out the perpetrators of the evil act.

Before taking to the streets, they had stormed the premises of the State High Court and the Court of Appeal where they equally registered their displeasure of the killing.


Some of the protesters who spoke with our correspondent decried the gruesome killing of the former chairman of NBA, Oji River branch who came out to represent his constituents under Labour Party but was allegedly murdered.


Another protester who gave his name as Mr Kenneth Egbo, said “today it is Oyibo Chukwu, tomorrow who knows who will be the next?”


He emphasised that politics was never a do or die game, advising the constituents to be careful of the people they vote into power during the March 11 elections.

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