Late Mr. Chidiebere Uka
The family of Chidiebere Uka who was 25 years old was reportedly killed by popular chief in Imo state and the family seeks justice. The deceased was said to have gotten into a fight with Chief Njiribeako and his family.
It all started on April 28, when late Chidiebere Uka engaged in a fight with one of Chief Njirieako sons in Umucha, Umuoba, Uratta, Imo state. The fight which was meant to come to an end after the intervention of Chief Njirieako escalated when the elderly man and the rest of his family laid ambush for 25-year-old Chidiebere which unfortunately led to his untimely death.
We gathered that this brutality did not go down well with the deceased family as they have now filed a petition to the commissioner of police in Imo state stating that they won’t rest until justice is served.
The petition reads: “It began on the 28th of April 2017, When Chidiebere Uka (the deceased) 25years old, had a fight with Chimezie Njiribeako the son of one Chief Victor Njiribeako. The whole family carried the fight forward and on Saturday the 29th of April, 2017, the Njiribeako family led by their father CHIEF VICTOR NJIRIBEAKO, his wife, CHARITY NJIRIBEAKO, and their children, NDUBUISI, EMENIKE, EMMANUEL, PEACE and the mastermind, CHIMEZIE NJIRIBEAKO laid an ambush.
Peace and Ndubuisi Njirieako (the chief’s children)
Upon sighting the deceased on a bike, Chimezie pulled him down from the bike (okada) and the whole family pounced on him and started beating him up. All plea from the deceased for them to spare him fell on deaf ears as they continued hitting him with deadly weapons, Chief VICTOR NJIRIBEAKO, their husband/father was heard instructing his family to kill him that nothing will happen. He boasted that it will only take money and connection which he boasted of possessing.
Unfortunately, passersby and onlookers could not do anything as they were threatened with violence by the Njiribeako family. The mother of the family, Mrs Charity, grabbed the deceased by his TESTICLES and other members of the family fluttered on him.
They continued beating him until he lost consciousness and was left for dead. The deceased’s elder brother Mr Chimamkpa on getting information that his younger brother was being lynched by Njiribeakos rushed to the scene of the incident and met the deceased gasping for breath.
He first rushed him to the nearest hospital around Salvation Hospital, MCC Road, Owerri where the deceased was rejected, then to Aladinma Hospital, Owerri where he was informed that his sibling is dead.
Not believing this pronouncement, he rushed him to Federal Medical Centre, Owerri where it was also confirmed that his brother has died. He then deposited the corpse in the mortuary and incidented the matter at the Owerri North Divisional Police Headquarters, Uratta (Toronto).
Letter of case transfer
The Owerri North Divisional Police had told the family that they were conducting preliminary investigation on the matter from the 30th of April 2017 to the 8th of May 2017. After a week of supposed investigation, we wrote a petition “see attached copies” to the State CID alleging misdemeanor with the handling of the case and therefore requested a transfer of the case to the State Command, Owerri.
On Monday 8th May 2017, the case was successfully transferred to the State CID, Owerri. Our worry now is that the key suspect and culprit of the killing of our son/brother, CHIEF VICTOR NJIRIBEAKO has been released by the Nigerian Police with the excuse that he was being released on health grounds with no prior medical report evidencing any ailment(s).
We therefore reject this unfairly prejudiced excuse against #JUSTICEFORCHIDIEBEREUKA. This is because the said Chief Victor Njiribeako with his earlier boast can compromise the thorough investigation of this case. And presently, we’re getting information that the Imo State CID are planning to release another of the suspects on the flimsy excuse that she pleaded an alibi. This is even when they are yet to apprehend the other suspects that absconded.
Charity Njirieako (Chief’s wife) and one of his sons
We implore the Nigeria Police, State CID Owerri, Imo State under the leadership of the Commissioner of Police- CP CHRIS EZIKE to carryout their investigations into this premeditated murder of a young man in his prime UNABATED, irrespective of whomsoever that is aligning forces OR whose ox is gored.
AND we are ALSO using this medium (though we will officially send letters) to extend our invitation to #CivilSocietyOrganizations #NigerianHumanRightObservers #NigerianPress and all other related partners and crime watchers to come to our aid to ensure JUSTICE is served in this matter.”