A 27-year-old 500 level student of Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Anambra State, has allegedly been murdered by a policeman .
According to Vanguard, Augustine Ugwu was killed by a police officer of the Nigeria police at Nsukka after being trailed by an area security outfit constituted by the chairman of the local government area, Patrick Omeje.
Augustine was said to have gone to a beer parlor at Odobido in Nsukka council area together with his friend on Thursday, April 23, 2020.
The deceased had just got to the beer parlor and ordered a drink when members of the local security outfit (Civilian Anti-cult) arrested him, beat him, and handed him over to the officer responsible of Anti-cult in Nsukka, Ferdinand Nnamdi Ochi.
The publication adds that Ferdinand Ochi murdered The Student over a yet-to-be-identified issue.
The father of the deceased, a retired officer, Andy Ugwu, informed Vanguard That every efforts he has been making to unravel the circumstances which led to the death of his son and equally claim his remains are futile.
He said: “I reported the case to Nsukka Divisional Officer, DPO, who instructed me to travel to O. C Anti-cult, DSP Ferdinand Nnamdi Ochi, to inform me the whereabouts of my son since the local vigilante outfit handed my son over to him.
When I met him in his office he said the police command directed him to not be receiving any suspect since the outbreak of COVID-19 which nobody made any case related to me in his office.
To my surprise, I saw people making entry of their cases in his office. That was when I began to suspect evil . On leaving his office, an unknown number called and informed me that it had been DSP Ochi who killed my son.
I reported my encounter with him to the DPO and he instructed me to make my complaints to the police area command at Enugu.
So, it had been at Enugu that the area commander instructed the Nsukka DPO to commence a preliminary investigation into the matter while I can go anywhere with my petition.
It was on the strength of that advice that the DPO reluctantly accepted to commence the investigation.
“I was expecting the suspects to be arrested but that never happened.
On Wednesday, the Local Government chairman, Omeje, brought members of the security outfit, who arrested my son, to the divisional police command at Nsukka where their statements were taken.
I was expecting that they might be detained for a status case of this nature, but they were left to travel scot-free just within an hour. That was when I cry .
Is it because i’m not in the system? this is a son I even have trained up to university level. he’s a final year student of Law at Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka.
Even if my son was the greatest criminal in the entire world, they ought to have arrested and charged him to court rather than killing him extra-judicially. Up till this moment, I even have not seen the remains of my son, that’s why i’m crying to the world to assist me beg Nigeria police to release the remains of my son to me. i’m pained by the very fact that the suspects are still moving freely.
Vanguard contacted the leader of the local security gang, Oliver Ozioko, to ask about the arrest of Augustine Ugwu and he said: “All I can say is that we arrested him and handed him over to the police in Nsukka.
The spokesperson of the Enugu State Police Command, Daniel Ndukwe, said the allegation remains being investigated by the command.