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Onoh’s widow alleges plot to kill detained son

By Tony Eidke
ENUGU—MRS Caroline Onoh, widow of the late former Governor of old Anambra state, Chief Christian Onoh, at the weekend accused some staff of Parklane Specialist Hospital, Enugu of plotting to kill her son, Josef Onoh, who is being detained in the hospital by the police.

She deplored the poor handling of her son’s worsening health by staff of the hospital, revealing that Josef had complained of severe back pains as early as 8.55am last Friday but instead of attending to him, the hospital staff discharged him and requested the police to come and take him away.

Mrs. Onoh said when she demanded to know why Josef was discharged with the severe pains, she was informed that there were orders from above to send her son back to the police cell.

According to her, she has lost confidence in the staff of the hospital and had requested for her son’s transfer to a specialist hospital with better facilities to manage his condition.

Onoh junior,  was actually discharged from the hospital on Friday but following the intervention of the state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Mohammed Zarewa, he was readmitted but the family alleged yesterday, that since his readmission last Friday night, he had neither been seen by any doctor nor given any drug despite his worsening condition with “excruciating pain”.

The family also said the hospital refused to provide Josef with a wheel chair to move him when he was forcefully discharged, even when he could hardly stand,  adding that they had to procure one for him under emergency.

Efforts to speak with the Chief Medical Director of the hospital at the weekend proved abortive as he could not be reached.

Meanwhile, lawyer to Jose, Mr. Nzube Nwankwo, has expressed concern over the continued detention of the former lawmaker in the light of this health situation, saying “only a living person can be available to answer any charge no matter the gravity of the alleged offence.”

“The offence my client is alleged to have committed is a bailable offence and the police ought to grant him bail especially considering the events of last Friday to seek the attention of a specialist his condition deserves,” Nwankwo told Vanguard in Enugu yesterday.

Meanwhile, police sources said plans had been concluded to arraign Onoh in court this week but it was not known if they would do so with the present state of his health.  Josef who was arrested following petitions written to the police by some persons for alleged corrupt practices, is suffering from a spinal cord related ailment.


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