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Family seeks justice as police replace 30-year-old son with 70-year-old man's corpse


 By Okechukwu Okechukwu

70 year old corpse

30 year old Chinonso

Police IPO

The family of Chinonso Omeh, an indigene of Umuogboagu community, Enugu Ezike, Igbo Eze North LGA, Enugu State, have sought intervention of the government and other relevant authorities over alleged death of their brother, Mr Chinonso, in Anambra State Police custody.

The family, alleged that their brother, aged 30, operates a car wash centre at Toll gate in Ogbunike as at the time when he was arrested by the police, and they had sought to know his whereabouts ever since only for police to present them with corpse of 70-year-old man in replacement.

Speaking on behalf of the family, Mr Onyebuchi Omeh, elder brother of Chinonso, alleged that their brother was arrested on February 4, detained at Ogidi Police Station before been transfered to the defunct Awkuzu SARS which has been renamed State CID Annex.

He recalled that Chinonso was alleged to have threatened the life of one Austin Izunnwanne, but since then police at Awkuzu denied them access to see him in the cell and even initially denied ever having him in their custody.

According to him, after repeated attempts to see his brother at Awkuzu state CID Annex failed, they wrote a petition to the AIG in charge of Zone 13, Ukpo, Anambra state through a lawyer and the Investigating Police Officer (IPO) at Ogidi was summoned and he narrated how, when and whom he handed Chinonso over  to at Awkuzu.

Omeh added that when the team from Awkuzu was also summoned to Zone 13 Ukpo, they confessed that Chinonso was in their custody but slumped in their cell and later pronounced dead by a medical doctor.

However, when they requested to see his corpse, they were taken to a private mortuary and shown the corpse of a 70 years old man in place of their brother Chinonso.

He said the last time they had appointment with the police team investigating the matter at Zone 13, Ukpo, they learnt that the two policemen from Awkuzu, the IPO, Michael Nelson and his team leader known as Big Sam who handled their brother’s matter earlier detained over the case have been released without prosecution.

The family head called on the relevant authorities to press on the police to release their brother whether alive or dead, as well as prosecute those probably found to have contributed to the dastardly act.

When contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer, Zone 13 Ukpo, Ms Nkiruka Nwode, said he has not been briefed on the extent of investigation on the matter but she would respond once she got the information.

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