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Family Petitions Abia CP Over Killing Of Son

Posted: Sep 23, 2015 at 12:00 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Emeka Okafor


THE Uwagbaokwu family has petitioned the state’s Commissioner of Police over the alleged complicity of some policemen in the killing of their son, a 21-year-old Student of Imo State Polytechnic, Umuagwo in Ohaji Egbma Local Government Area, Mr. Ikechukwu Vincent Uwagbaokwu.

The late Vincent Uwagbaokwu was allegedly shot and killed by unidentified men in police uniforms.

In a petition to the Commissioner of Police, Mr. Habila Joshack, signed by the family’s lawyer, Dr. Godwin Chionye, the family accused the police of complicity in the killing of their son.

The petition read in part, “on the 10th of September, 2015, Mr Ikechukwu Vincent Uwagbaokwu, a Marketing Student of Imo Polytechnic went to bed at about 9:00pm but at about 10:50pm there were persistent banging on the door of the family house of the Uwagbaokwu.

“When Mr  Anthony Uwagbaokwe (Brother of deceased) came out to see who was banging on their door, loo and behold, there were about ten fierce men in Police uniform  who had  taken strategic positions in all the surrounding of the house.

“One of the men in uniform, who came with Hilux pick up van and black Camry Saloon Car, hit the door of one of the occupants (names withheld) and forced it open. When the occupant came out, the men in Police uniform, who refused to identify themselves, said that he is not the person that they are looking for.

“The Police went to the direction pointed to by the man who allegedly directed them. The armed Policemen forced the next wooden door open and on sighting Ikechukwu Vincent Uagbaokwu, one of the Policemen shot him and he died immediately.

“Our clients raised alarm but nobody came to their rescue. The matter was reported to Ehimiri Police Station in whose jurisdiction the this area falls, but the Police could not give any useful assistance as they denied sending Policemen out on that day to effect arrest.”

The family’s counsel added that the matter was reported to the Ehimiri Police Station “where the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) gave them order to deposit the deceased at Madonna Mortuary in Umuahia.”

Narrating the ordeal of the family, the father of the deceased, Mr. Emmanuel Uwagbaokwu, a 54 year old house said, “I am not suspecting but those who killed my son were Policemen from Ehimiri Police Station, Umuahia.”

Holding back tears, Mr. Uwagbaokwu the father of six disclosed that “immediately I reported the matter to Ehimiri Police Station and the DPO there who denied sending his men to duty to that area that night also ordered some police team to follow to the scene of the incident, on the way, the team dodged us and they did not reach our house.”

Mr Uwagbaokwu therefore called on the Inspector General of Police, Mr Solomon Arase to order for full investigation in order to unravel the killers of his son.

“My son Ugochkwu, who was sleeping at the corridor allegedly heard when one Azubuike Donatus Uwaga (who it was gathered brought the policemen), showed them Ikechukwu’s house.”

One of those who have being fingered by the family of the deceased, as being in company of the policemen as at the time of the incident, Mr Benjamin Ndukwe who is the Chairman Ohobo Okwulaga development Union denied his involvement in the said killing of Ikechukwu as he has no power to send the Police to such an assignment.

Reacting on the incident, the State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) Onyeke Udeviotu denied the involvement of the Police in the killing incident.