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Family seeks justice over activist’s murder

MEMBERS of late Comrade Chidi Nwosu  family, who was murdered on the night of December 29, 2010, in his house at Ameke Abam in Arochukwu council area of Abia State, have called on the Inspector General of Police, Mr. Hafiz Ringim, and the Abia State Police Commissioner, Mr. Bala Hassan, to thoroughly investigate the matter with a view to ensuring that those who killed the civil rights activist were apprehended.

The killing of Nwosu had sparked off demonstrations in the community by  youths even as they pointed  fingers at  some community leaders in the area.

Already, six  suspects have been arrested and are now in police custody, but Nwosu family are not  satisfied as according to them two prime suspects they are fingering in the gory incident of December 29 incident were yet to be arrested.
Ifeanyi Nwosu, the younger brother of the slain activist, who strongly suspected the duo, said  they were still walking  the streets free, almost one month after the incident.

According to him, the six suspects handed over to the police were caught by the village youths within the village and the neighbouring village where they had fled at the time of the incident.

However, the Assistant Commissioner of Police in charge Criminal Investigation Department [CID] Abia State, Mr. Joseph Micloth, when contacted, confirmed the murder but said that the family members had  not come forward with any information at their disposal that would assist the police in their investigation.

Micloth explained that the police were working on information available to them and will not go about arresting people indiscriminately without any evidence linking them to the incident. According to him, the six suspects in their custody would be charged to court soon as the police have concluded investigation. He called on the family to come forward with information available to them.

In his account of the ugly incident, the father of the late human rights activist, Chief Nwosu Oko Nwosu, said: “1:30 a.m on the 29th of December 2010, I was awakened by a deafening noise of the  shout of Chidi. I ran to his house about 1km from the village [his father’s house]. When I went into his house I saw my son lying in a pool of blood. In the morning a locally made pistol was found at the scene with two barrels and a cap whose owner was identified to be among the villagers. These were handed over to the police that morning.

The police at Ozu Abam police station were alerted at about 2 a.m. but they could not come until 9 a.m. It was about 12 noon that he was carried to the mortuary.

He said the matter is being investigated by the police and appealed to the police authority to ensure that justice was done by prosecuting all the people indicted in the murder no matter how highly placed.


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