ByÂ Tony EDIKE
DOCTORS treating the detained Josef Onoh, son of the late former civilian governor of old Anambra State, Chief C. C. Onoh, have reportedly expressed concern over the poor health condition of the former lawmaker.
Members ofÂ Onoh family ofÂ Ngwo who disclosed this in Enugu yesterday also said that two policemen detailed to guard Josef at his hospital bed at Parklane General Hospital, have prevented them from accessing the Amenity Ward, expressing fears that their son might be encountering some difficulties.
Mrs. Carol Onoh, who is still mourning the death of her late husband, C.C. Onoh, was driven to Vanguard office in Enugu in a white Jeep yesterday where she informed our Correspondent of the doctorsâ€™ apprehension over Josefâ€™s failing health.Â She had visited the hospital earlier in the day but was not allowed to see Josef in the hospital ward.
According to her, Josef was suffering from a spinal cord injury for which he recently travelled to London for treatment but was arrested few weeks after his return, stressing that his condition may have been worsened by his present predicament.
Josef was arrested about two weeks ago following a press interview he granted a national daily in which he accused Governor Sullivan Chimeâ€™s government of corruption.Â His verbal attacks on the governor and some of his aides in the said interview were viewed by the government as â€œseditiousâ€.
Soon after the interview several petitions were forwarded to the State Police Command by some persons in the state accusing the junior Onoh of criminal and fraudulent practices, and thereafter the police obtained a warrant of arrest from a Magistrateâ€™s Court, which empowered them to detain him.
He was detained at the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) of the police headquarters, Enugu for a period of 24 hours before he was transferred to Parklane Hospital where he is now being treated.
Mrs. Onoh, who could not hold her tears back while speaking with Saturday Vanguard yesterday, said she had been on the road since last week seeking ways of getting the government and the police to pardon Josef, who was a member ofÂ Enugu State House of Assembly in the last dispensation.
â€œSince the Onoh family and Josef himself have tendered unreserved apologies to the governor and his aide over â€œuninformedâ€ comments made against them in the said interview, we are pleading that the governor should as a father forgive him.Â We have tried to reach the governor since last week but we were denied access,â€ another member of the Onoh family disclosed yesterday.
However, police sources said there were strong cases against the detainee for which he would soon be arraigned in court, saying even though investigations into the petitions were continuing; there were enough evidence that points to the fact that â€œJosef has a case to answer.â€