BY CHIDI NKWOPARA, Owerri
The 1996 Olympic gold medalist, Mr. Mobi Oparaku, has finally traced the operational base of the policemen that brutalized him last Thursday, to the Shell Camp Police Division, Owerri.
Confirming this development to Sports Vanguard, Oparaku said “the fleet number, 42, inscribed on the body of the patrol van made the job of identifying the team very simple”.
“My first port of call was the State Police Headquarters, Owerri, to see the Police Public Relations Officer.”
Continuing the search Okparaku said: “I later traced the team to Shell Camp Police Division. I met the DCO, who referred me to another officer. At the initial time, this officer was more interested in his men, who were trying to lay frivolous allegations against me. They were trying to make this man believe that I fought them”.
Oparaku said he was vindicated when the inspector, whose team brutalized him, came out “and the police officer asked if he knew who I was and he said he knew me.
“The inspector told the officer how his team had a problem with me at Rotibi Street, Owerri. He also told the officer that he begged me at the scene of the incident for forgiveness”, Oparaku said.
The aggrieved Olympic gold medalist also told Vanguard that “after listening to the inspector, the officer went out with my attackers for a few minutes and when they came back, they started begging me to forgiveness”.