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21 Year Old Undergraduate Murdered By Police (Photo)

FOR the family of Mr. Emmanuel Uwagbaokwu of Ohobo Afara in
Umuahia North Council Area of Abia State, happiness and peace of mind
have eluded them for now following the gruesome murder of their 21
year old son, Ikechukwu Uwagbaokwu, allegedly by the operatives of the
Abia State Police Command.
Until his tragic death, Ikechukwu Vincent Uwagbaokwu was a student of
Imo State Polytechnic, Umuagwo, in Ohaji- Egbema Local Government
The Uwagbaokwu family is strongly linking the tragic killing of their son
to a land dispute it has with the Ndukwe and Uwaga families.
Specifically, the family is alleging that the said families framed their son
and connived with the police to kill Ikechukwu because of the land
The land dispute was said to have lingered and was getting messier when
the community’s traditional peace makers, Ibeku Okonko Arbitration
Panel waded into it and had indeed fixed a date to hear from the families
involved before one the parties lost one of the witnesses, prompting the
rescheduling of the matter by the traditional panel.
However, five days to the rescheduled date, Ikechukwu was gruesomely
murdered and the Uwagbaokwu family is pointing accusing fingers at the
rival families in the land dispute. According to their petition to the Abia
State Commissioner of Police, Uwagbaokwu family hinged their
suspicion on an allegation from one of the rival families which had
earlier accused them of being responsible for the death of their family
The Uwagbaokwu family, in the petition, written by their lawyer,
Godwin Oriaku of Overcome’s Chambers, claimed that days before the
burial of the deceased from the rival family, they [rival family] sent a
warning message to them not to attend the burial ceremony, accusing
them of having a hand in the death of their brother. The petition also
alleged that prior to the killing of Ikechukwu, “there have been threats
issued at various occasions” by the rival family that lost a member that
they were “going to avenge the death from the family of Uwagbaokwu”.
In the petition addressed to Abia Police Commissioner, Joshak Habila,
the family of the slain undergraduate accused the police of killing their
son. “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 was persistent banging on the
door of the family house of the Uwagbaokwu.
“When Mr. Anthony Uwagbaokwe (elder brother of deceased) came out
to see who was banging on their door, lo and behold, there were about ten
fierce men in Police uniform who had taken strategic positions in the
surroundings 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 of the house and forced it open. When the occupant came out,
the men in police uniform, who refused to identify themselves, said that
he was not the person that they were looking for.
“The Police went to the direction pointed to by those who allegedly
brought them. The armed policemen forced the next wooden door open
and on sighting Ikechukwu Vincent Uwagbaokwu, one of the policemen
allegedly 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 this area falls, where the Divisional
Police Officer (DPO) gave them order to deposit the deceased at
Madonna Mortuary in Umuahia,” the family stated
The 54 year old father of slain Ikechukwu, Mr. Emmanuel Uwagbaokwu,
has therefore appealed to the Inspector General of police, Solomon Arase
to order a comprehensive investigation to properly unravel who are the
killers of his son. In a telephone chat, the Commissioner of Police,
Joshak Habila could neither confirm nor deny the incident or the receipt
of the petition but urged the lawyer and members of the family to see
him in the office if they have such allegation, saying that they would not
cover or protect any police man involved in extra-judicial killing or any
illegal act.
But the family lawyer, Godwin Oriaku, insisted that the Police
Commissioner has the petitions which he forwarded to the CID
department to investigate. In fact, Oriaku claimed that four suspects have
been arrested but alleged that the Ehimiri DPO was still shielding the
alleged killer cop even as he said that his clients would demand for a
thorough autopsy to determine the type of bullet that killed their son.


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