Elder sister Ada Njoku said that the police had made a pair of arrests and are nonetheless digging to unravel the masterminds of Alozie’s brutal homicide.
The Zone 9 Command of the Nigeria Police, Umuahia, Abia State, is at present working around the clock to unravel the thriller surrounding the brutal homicide of Emmanuel Alozie Njoku, from Umuchokoeze, Amaisii Uvuru, in Abo Mbaise Native Authorities Space of Imo State.
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The 26-year-old Alozie, who would have clocked 27 on December 9, was a final-year scholar of Cooperative Economics on the Federal Polytechnic, Nekede, Imo State. He was additionally a scholar of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN). He was a hardworking scholar who engaged in different extracurricular actions like business motorbike enterprise in addition to guide labour at constructing websites to help his schooling.
The incident that ended his life’s dream and ambition occurred on Might 19, 2018, three months to his commencement from faculty. In a tear-soaked and emotion-laden account, his elder sister, Ada Njoku, recounted that, on that fateful day, he returned from the place he went to gather cash for a job he did for some individuals the day past. She stated he returned to satisfy his elder brother’s spouse and demanded meals.
“The lady advised him that meals was prepared however that she was getting ready to exit. So, he requested her to dish his meals since she stated she was going out, whereas he had his relaxation earlier than consuming. In line with my brother’s spouse, Alozie had a phone dialog with any person who in all probability gave him some cash to maintain for him. The individual needed him to convey the cash to him at a specific place, however he advised the person who there was no gasoline in his motorbike. The individual then informed him to not hassle himself.
Ada stated: “My brother’s wife then left him to take her bath, as she was preparing to leave the house for her husband’s shop. When she returned from the bathroom, everywhere was open and Alozie was nowhere to be found, but his motorcycle was parked outside. She said she called him and he answered from the direction of our uncle’s house, where they normally go to receive fresh air when the weather is too hot. She thought he had gone there to relax as usual; so, she served his food and left for her husband’s shop, with the belief that he would come back after resting there to eat his food. She also left everywhere open with the expectation that Alozie was around. That was around 3pm.”
The brother’s spouse was shocked when she returned at about 7:30pm to find that in all places was nonetheless open. She acquired extra confused when she obtained inside to find that the meals she dished for Alozie remained untouched, whereas the motorbike was nonetheless parked the place it was when she was leaving the house that afternoon.
“After some time, Alozie’s telephone rang; that was once they realised that he didn’t go together with his telephone. She didn’t decide the decision, however when the telephone stored ringing, her husband, who had returned residence from the day’s enterprise on the time, picked the decision and it was the person who gave him cash to maintain for him. The man was even questioning why Alozie had not picked his calls.
He stated he was calling to know whether or not he might come to select the cash. We informed him that we even thought Alozie was in his house,” she stated.
Search get together launched
With the newest improvement, it turned clear that there was hazard: “We started searching for him from that fateful Saturday. On Tuesday, our last born was sent to school to know if he had gone back to school, even though we knew he could not have gone back to school without his motorcycle. He went to his school and came back without Alozie.”
Alozie’s body found
Three months into the search, the deceased’s decomposing body was found in a bush behind their uncle’s house.
Ada stated: “On Monday, August 27, a lady in our compound went to the bush on the again of our uncle’s house to hew hearth wooden and found a decomposing human body. She raised the alarm and when members of the group gathered, it was recognized to be Alozie, my brother. His body had already decomposed, leaving solely the bones; he was recognized with the garments he wore.
“After the invention, my uncle went to the village chief safety officer and each of them met with the king. We don’t know the result of their assembly, they solely advised my brother that that they had consulted with the chief safety officer and the king; in addition to with the police. My uncle even took my brother to satisfy with the chief safety officer they usually reminded my brother that he didn’t report back to the police when the incident occurred. They informed him that, since he didn’t report when it occurred, he can’t report now that the body had been found. They informed him the perfect factor was to bury Alozie. My brother insisted that, going by the truth that Alozie was found on the yard of our uncle, some explanations have been required. He steered that the villagers collectively discover out what killed Alozie.
“Then, the subsequent day, which was Tuesday, August 28, the village chief safety officer stated he had consulted with the Divisional Police Officer (DPO), in our space, who stated, since our household didn’t need to proceed with the matter, we should always deliver N200,000 to shut the case utterly. That was what he stated the DPO advised him. That very same Tuesday, one of my uncle’s sons got here residence and promised to offer the cash, in order that the case can be closed. He later transferred N200,000 to his youthful brother’s account. My brother requested them if they might nonetheless go forward to seek out out the trigger of Alozie’s dying after the police had been settled and the case closed.
“Eventually, they brought a paper and forced my brother to sign it. He didn’t even know the content of the document, but at the end of the day, it was found out that the content of the document was that my family was no longer interested in pursuing the case. They put pressure on my brother to sign it. They even threatened that he would die in the cell if he failed to sign the document, since he had nobody to fight for him. After he signed the document, they put it in an envelope that contained the N200,000 and handed the envelope over to the chief security officer. They did not allow my brother to go with them to the police station where the money was allegedly handed over to the police. So, my brother could not say if they went to the police station, and if the money was actually given to the police, but they made him understand that they were going to the police station to hand over the money to the police so that the case would be closed once and for all.”
Strain to bury the lifeless
Ada said that, after the purported closure of the matter on the police station, strain was on their elder brother to bury Alozie and that was when she was contacted.
She stated: “I gave the instruction that he should not be buried until I returned home. So, when I came back, I went to the king’s palace, and met people from my maternal home, who were livid with anger. The king told them that Alozie’s family said they didn’t want any case. He prevailed on them to accept the decision of Alozie’s family and bury him, so that peace would reign. At that point, I stood up and told the king that considering the way my parents died, I would prefer if the cause of Alozie’s death was found because we don’t know who would be the next. The king asked me what I think would happen if, after police had arrested people in the community, it turns out that none of them had a hand in his death. I told him that there was nothing wrong in allowing the police to investigate the matter, after which everybody who is innocent would be set free. But, he insisted that I should comply with the earlier decision of the people from my maternal home to bury my brother and let peace reign.”
Nevertheless, the group ultimately determined to research the trigger of Alozie’s dying. That communal choice, in line with her, didn’t go down nicely together with her uncle, who complained that her brother had reported him to the group.
In response to Ada, “On September four, my group stated they might intervene to seek out out the trigger of my brother’s demise. That very same day, I went to Zone 9 Police Command, Umuahia, Abia State, alongside my brother, with a petition. Once we returned, my brother was informed that a sure lady got here to search for him. She dropped a message for my brother that the king want to see him. The subsequent day, my brother went to the king’s palace and he requested him why he concerned the Amaisii group within the matter after he had requested him to bury his brother. My brother informed him that it was Amaisii individuals who determined to research the trigger of my late brother’s demise. He then requested my brother what he needed and he informed him that he simply needed to understand how his brother was killed. My uncle obtained indignant when he heard the choice of the group. He went about telling people who my brother reported him to the Amaisii individuals.
“The people did the traditional investigation but did not come up with any tangible result. They told us that they were told the person who murdered my brother was somebody he had a quarrel with. So, the community came back with the conclusion that the soothsayer could not tell them who my brother’s killer was.”
Ada said that, together with her petition, the police swung into motion, and investigation is ongoing: “The day I took a petition to Zone 9, they asked me who I was suspecting. I told them I don’t know who killed my brother but I was suspecting two families because of their actions. They asked me the families and I told them I was suspecting one man who earlier quarrelled with Alozie and threatened to kill him.”
She said that the police had made a pair of arrests and are nonetheless digging to unravel the masterminds of Alozie’s brutal homicide: “I learnt that one Chibuike who was invited by the police and later detained has been launched since November 28.
I learnt that someone gave his mom N300,000 to bail him and rent the providers of a lawyer to prosecute the case.”
The query on individuals’s lips is: How come the body of a man who went missing for 3 months was found behind the house of his uncle who was half of the search? Others are questioning how a lifeless body found decomposed didn’t ooze stench for 3 months to draw individuals. They’re elevating the second query as a result of a lifeless body would first get bloated after which burst. And positively, it will odor.
Within the case of Alozie, no one perceived any foul odor till his decomposed body was found within the bush by a lady in search of firewood.
“All we want is to know the person(s) behind the brutal murder of our brother and for whoever that is involved in the wicked act to face the full wrath of the law. Let the law take its full course. We are calling the human rights community to rise up and ensure that justice is served in this matter,” Ada stated.
Reactions from the group
The chief safety officer of the group denies ever saying that the police requested for N200,000 to shut the case. He additionally denied ever amassing N200,000 to provide to the police to shut the case, describing the allegation as false.
The police place
When contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer, Zone 9, Umuahia, Egwu Chukwu Janet, confirmed that the command was investigating the case. She stated the body of the deceased had decomposed when it was found and that police used a sack to pack his stays.
She additionally confirmed that the police had made some arrest however, throughout interrogation, the crime couldn’t be linked to any of the suspects. She added that since there was no robust proof linking the arrested individuals to the homicide, they might not be paraded as a result of it might be improper to parade the fallacious suspects.
Stated Egwu: “The efforts the police have made up to now is to write down to the community supplier to offer them the decision document of the deceased and different individuals who may need probably referred to as the deceased out to kill him. It’s because the knowledge from the deceased’s sister is that he went out to reply a name from some individuals they usually didn’t see him once more, solely to find his corpse in a close-by bush.
“The story is not good at all but the police are trying as much as they can to lay hands on the perpetrators of the crime, while waiting for response from Abuja concerning the audio record of his conversations.”