Justice Demanded From Nigeria, As A South African Returnee Dies In Imo State Police Custody

Justice Demanded From Nigeria, As A South African Returnee Dies In Imo State Police Custody

Nnamdi is alleged to have just returned to Amagu, in the Orlu East Local Government Area of Imo State.

According to PUNCH, Nnamdi and his extended family were preparing for a one-year memorial of a late uncle when he was asked to inquire about the pricing of drinks required for the event.

When four armed police officers in a Sienna sedan allegedly attacked the neighborhood and began indiscriminately detaining individuals, Nnamdi was on his way to run an errand.

When the youths in the area saw the armed men, they fled, but the victim was arrested and taken to an undisclosed location.

Some of the youth who escaped informed the family about the incident.

The deceased’s elder brother, Chigozie said, “The incident happened on August 24, 2021. My brother, who was preparing to return to South Africa, was sent on an errand to Orie-Nempi Market to inquire about the prices of drinks to be used for a remembrance ceremony.

“Two hours after he left, some youths from the neighbouring community ran to our house to inform us that four armed policemen arrested him. The youth said they ran but he didn’t as a clear conscience fears no evil.

“Upon receiving this shocking news, I searched for him in neighbouring communities and all the police stations, including the area command, but I was told they never facilitated any arrest that day.

“I returned home to explain all I went through and some family members suggested they might be kidnappers and might call soon.

“But on August 28, a young man came to inform us that he saw my brother at the anti-kidnapping unit in Owerri.”

Chigozie noted that the resident was at the police unit to monitor another case he reported when he saw Nnamdi.

He said Nnamdi’s case was being handled by one Inspector Asabor Marine, who incidentally was also the Investigating Police Officer of the unnamed resident’s case.

“The young man said he was discussing with his IPO when the IPO said they arrested my brother from the village after they mistook him for another person. The man said he told the IPO that he knew Nnamdi.

“Based on the information, I visited the anti-kidnapping unit. But after searching their records for my brother’s name, I was told that they did not have such a suspect in custody. I returned home, invited the young man again and he repeated the same thing he told my mother.

“I asked if his IPO was the same as my brother’s and he said yes. He even gave me the IPO’s number. I pleaded with him to accompany me to the anti-kidnapping unit. We were close to the unit’s office when he called the IPO that he wanted to see him (IPO) and he said he was around,” Chigozie noted.

It was learnt that on getting to the control post, the resident called the IPO again, saying he was with Nnamdi’s brother who came for his bail.

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