By Tony Edike
A Divisional Police Officer, DPO serving in Enugu State Police Command, Mr. Samuel Chukwu, may be arraigned before an Enugu State High Court over the alleged kidnap and murder of one Lotachukwu Noble Ezeudu by his (DPO’s) son, Nnaemeka Chukwu, and others.
Chukwu, who was the DPO in-charge of Awkunanaw Division in Enugu South Local Government Area at the time of the incident in September 2009, was later redeployed to the Police Headquarters, Enugu, and subsequently suspended by the Force Headquarters on account of the controversy that trailed the alleged kidnap and murder of the student.
According to a charge sheet made available to newsmen in Enugu yesterday, the 20-year-old Ezeudu was allegedly kidnapped by Chijioke Chinwuba, Ernest Okeke, Chika Mgbada, Etodo Effiong Udo, Fabulous Chukwu, Nnaemeka Chukwu, Chukwudi Obi and others now at large on or about September 26, 2009 at Trans Ekulu area of Enugu.
The charge sheet further stated that the accused persons on or about October 6, at Trans Ekulu, Enugu, allegedly murdered Master Ezeudu by stabbing him on the neck with a knife.
Although all the accused persons, except those at large, were arraigned in court yesterday, the Prosecuting Counsel, Mr. Peter Eze, told reporters after the court session that the Attorney General of the State, Mr. Nduka Ikeyi, believed there was strong evidence linking Sam Chukwu with the alleged criminal act.
Eze said there was a confessional statement from one of the accused persons who was dismissed from the police that a vehicle belonging to Sam Chukwu was used to carry the body of Noble Ezeudu.
He hinted that the state had concluded plans to amend the charge sheet of the case with a view to including the name of DPO Sam Chukwu, who is said to be on the run.
The prosecuting counsel assured that they would file the amended charge sheet before the next sitting of the Enugu High court.
The Presiding Judge, Mrs. Pearl Enejere, had during yesterday’s session of the court, asked one of the defence counsels to appear for one of the 4th accused person, Etido Effiong Udo, who claimed his parents were not aware of his whereabouts.
The judge later adjourned the case to May 19, this year for the accused persons to take their plea
and hearing of applications since the counsels to some of the accused persons were absent in court yesterday.