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Killing of Umuoji PG: Conduct fresh investigation,suspects’ mother cries Out


By Our correspondent

The mother of two suspects in the murder of the President -General of Umuoji community in Idemili South Local Government Area of Anambra State,Mrs. Elizabeth Igwe, has called for a fresh investigation into the murder of the president general.

Addressing newsmen weekend in Onitsha, Anambra State, Mrs Igwe who spoke through her first daughter, Onyinye Igwe, who is a Make-up Artist, also called on both the Governors of Anambra State, Prof. Chukwuma Soludo, stakeholders and Nwifuru of Ebonyi State Governor to intervene in this case to ensure that justice is carried out.

She said her two children: Okey and Makua Igwe who are currently incarcerated at the Onitsha Correctional Centre for allegedly being behind the killing of Chief Silas Onyima were not the ones who killed the man.

Mrs Igwe said she was not around when the incident happened as she travelled to Ebonyi State to take care of her mother who was sick but she had met with her children at the Correctional Centre to inquire from them what actually happened . Both of them, she said, denied being involved in the murder.

The woman said she had lived in the PG’s place for over 30 years and his children took Chief Onyima and as their uncle, wondering why they would kill the man and how could they have mustered the courage to carry out such dastardly act against somebody they regarded as their uncle.

She called on the Inspector -General of Police (IG) in collaboration with his colleagues of other security outfits to carry out a very painstaking investigation, saying that they would be shocked that those around the PG were behind his murder.

Mrs Igwe asked the Police authority to invite the Personal Assistant (P.A) of the PG, Mr. Emeka Eneghu to ask him what he knows about the PG’s murder.

According to the woman, her son who was with three other of her Children in the house, Makua Igwe told her that on that faithful day PG and himself washed his two cars.

She quoted the son, Makua as alleging that when they were washing the cars, Chief Onyima received a call, asking him if he would come to the funeral that took place in the town that day, which he said the PG replied in affirmative.

In the afternoon, she said Makua , said he went to play football and PG later drove to the funeral but after sometime they saw PG’s vehicle with fierce speed drove past them, spraying dust on them and veered into his elder brother, Chief Festus Onyima’s compound.

“They were wondering why PG was driving in that manner because that was not his character but they continued with their football” she quoted Makua as saying.

Later in the mid- night that day, when they had gone to bed with his relation, she said Makua said he had a knock at their door.

She said Makua woke up his
dumb sister to tell her but she told him to open the door and when he opened the door it was PG’s PA, Emeka Eneghu who was standing on the door with a bag belonging to his principal Pg.

Mrs Igwe said Makua told her that he asked the PA how he managed to scale the wall to enter into the compound since the gate had locked but the PA allegedly asked him to keep quiet and listened to him.

The PA, she said, told her son that the bag belongs to PG and that he should give it to his elder brother, Festus Onyima but when he further questioned, he threatened him and gave him N10, 000.00 to ensure that he deliver the bag to the Festus and he warned him never mention his name as the one who gave him the bag.

But before he handed over the bag to Makua, said the woman, the PA had removed the handset which belonged to the
PG from the bag, removed the sim card, put in his handset, punched in something before returning the sim and handset inside the bag.

The following morning, she said, they discovered that Chief Onyima has been killed in his bed room, but there was no blood in the room showing that the PG was not murdered in his bedroom.

When her children heard that the PG was killed including Okey Igwe, who had gone to work in Lagos and those who lives in Awka came back because he was their uncle.

But, what they saw was that her Children were rounded up and were to be burnt, but if not the intervention of an honest elderly man in the area who cautioned the people of the danger of taking laws into their hands.

Then, they took them to Police where they were detained for at least three weeks. While Okey and Makua have been in detention both at the State Criminal Investigation Department (CID) and SARS in Awkuzu where they were tortured and forced to agree that they were responsible for the murder.

According to Mrs. Igwe, ” Okey told me that the PG’s PA kept on telling him at the Police that I should admit that I am responsible for the PG’S murder that he will bail me later and send me to oversea. It was fear of early threat from the PA and Police torture made me to admit”

Mrs Igwe further said” People of good conscience should intervene in this matter. I could not come back from Ebonyi State because I was told that if I come back, I would be a victim too like my Children. How can we kill the PG ?. We have been in that compound for over 30 years. My appeal is that they should investigate PA properly and ask him what he was doing with PG’S bag ? They should not kill my Children for an offence they did not commit” Said Igwe.

She continued saying that Police arrested the PA but later released him. How can someone who was murdered in a cold blood be buried instantly they noticed that the matter should appear in the court. It seems that Police personnel in Anambra State have compromised in the matter because if not why did they release the PA ? and turned blind eyes to this aspect which my Son told me ?.

By Ifeizu Joe

Ifeizu is a seasoned journalist and Managing Editor of TheRazor. He has wide knowledge of Anambra State and has reported the state objectively for over a decade.

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