How Anambra Police Arrested 13-Year-Old Boy In Awka-North, Detained Him For 3 Days In Abuja

By Raymond Ozoji, Awka
“My name is Ngini Ifechukwu Benjamin and I am 13 years old. I returned from police cell this week Monday. I don’t know why the police arrested me. I just came back from school last two weeks Tuesday and on Wednesday by 3 am in the wee hours of the morning they just came and took me and my younger brother.
“But they later released my brother and said I must follow them to the station. So they now took me to Area Command Awka. I was even asking them what I did but they were telling me not to say anything. They shunned me that I should keep quiet and on Friday morning, they took me to Abuja.
“I stayed in Abuja Friday, Saturday and Sunday. On that Friday, they came and were writing names of people that were underaged and the ones that are getting old in the cell. So they now took our names to the DIG and the DIG requested that we should all be released.
“So on Sunday was when I came back to Anambra state again. They took me to Area Command Awka. So on Monday, a lawyer came and  signed surety and they released me. That was how I returned from the police cell in Abuja for doing nothing.”
Those were the ordeals of a young promising Nigerian in the hands of the police recently who had hopes of going to school on a Wednesday but was molested and arrested by the police who came in the wee hours of the morning to arrest his father but couldn’t find him and arrested the 13-year-old boy and his younger brother.
Ngini Ifechukwu Benjamin’s father, Ozo Onyemazu Ngini, who is the youth leader of Isuaniocha community told journalists of an alleged connivance of the police and a certain family in Isuaniocha Awka-North local government area of the state to unleash terror and mayhem on youths of the community and make random arrests just because the community insisted on having a traditional ruler.
Ozo Onyemazu Ngini said, “We have raised alarm on police incessant intimidations in Isuaniocha community led by one SUPOL Mathew who has been working for the Onyeagolu family since 2014 and we tagged him as a terrorist because he has been terrorising Isuaniocha community unstopped. But this time, we want to fight him to the core.
“We have written a lot of petitions but despite that the Mathew led terrorism came to Isuaniocha on 12th April and shot one Somadina Okafor to death when they were searching for my son Chisom Ngini. They mistakenly shot that Somadina Okafor hoping that he was my son Chisom Ngini.
“The bad eggs amongst the police normally go and deceive their superior officers presenting all manner of fallacies before them. What they are presenting to Abuja is that there is a murder and kidnap case here but the Mathew led terrorism and the Onyeagolu family are the ones perpetrating evil in our community.
“We want the general public to know that there is no trouble in Isuaniocha community. The only issue is that we want an Igwe but the Onyeagolu family is against Isuaniocha having a traditional ruler. As it is now, the last time Mathew came for arrests, he even arrested a minor, a 13-year-old boy and the case raised dust when they got to Abuja.
“He was asked to send the minor back. He called us and we told him that if you don’t want to bring the boy back, let him stay with you. That is one of the atrocities Mathew and the Onyeagolu family are committing in Isuaniocha.
“There is another man called Emeka Maduka who assisted the police in making unlawful arrests in Isuaniocha. He was the one telling SUPOL Mathew to arrest people including women because they are paid to do that.
“The people they are claiming we murdered, one Ifeanyi Anizoba and Ebuka Amuche; these people killed Angus Okoye and ran away. Since then we have not seen them. The police hierarchy should by now know that the people they send to do the work are misleading them. Those things they tell them are total fallacies.
“Government should visit Isuaniocha and know what is actually happening. Again, government should from now on be assisting stakeholders in every community because the problem we are having now increased when one Ofobike Mkpume was deposed as President-General of Isuaniocha and he went to government to concoct all manner of lies against the community.
“We have also written to the leadership of the Anambra State Association of Town Unions (ASATU) concerning our town union crisis but we have not received any response at all.
“The police hierarchy should ensure they scrutinise the people they send to work at any point in time because they are not doing what they are asked to do.
“We have also been honouring invitations from the police. We have honoured invitation by the former PPRO Haruna Mohammed. We went there and Haruna told the PG that he should desist from such act; that the people are intelligent  He told the PG categorically that he is issuing autocratic orders and the people won’t obey it.”
Contributing also, the Secretary Isuaniocha Youth Movement Mr. Chukwuma Onyibo, said one Festus and Tony of the Onyeagolus have allegedly been causing confusion and rancour in the community since 2014 because of their stupendous wealth. He accused the duo of chasing youths of the community into the bush since March this year and that ever since, no one slept in their houses for fear of being rounded up by the police unjustly.
Onyibo said because Isuaniocha wanted a traditional ruler and PG which the Onyeagolus vehemently kicked against, that was the reason the family allegedly co-opted the police to kill, maim and arrest youths in the area, adding that the likes of Obi Cubana used his wealth to develop his community and didn’t use same to put Oba youths in police cells.
The Isuaniocha Youth secretary said rather than use wealth to intimidate, molest, harass and arrest youths unjustly in connivance with the police, the Onyeagolu family should deploy their resources to the development of Isuaniocha community.
When contacted on the phone for his reactions regarding the allegations levelled against the police by Isuaniocha community, the Police Public Relations Officer of the Anambra State Command of the Nigeria Police DSP Ikenga Tochi asked the journalist seeking information from him to come to his office with his evidence.

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