International Youth Day: Community Members Seek Justice For Their Youth Murdered In Cold Bold
TODAY'S NEWS RECAP
Amidst the celebrations for the International Youth day, members of Enugwu village in Nanka community of Orumba North Local Government Area of Anambra State, are demanding justice for one of the village youths who was killed by suspected vigilante members in the community in November of 2021.
Mr Tochukwu Onyemelukwe who is now deceased was said to have been arrested by the hoodlums who had disguised as security operatives at the time, accusing him of stealing noodles, he was later on tied, tortured severely after which he eventually died.
Mr Godson Ofokansi, Secretary General of Enugwu Nanka Village Development Union, had while addressing journalists in Awka, on Friday, said that right from very moment the incident happened, about a year ago, the community had tirelessly worked harked to make sure that the perpetrators are brought to book and get justice for the victim, however, powers greater than they are have unrelentlessly continued to thwart their efforts.
Ofokansi lamented that of all the many petitions written and sent to the police authorities on the matter, none has been replied.
He said, “We have written several petitions to police, urging them to investigate the matter, to ascertain the truth behind the death of the youth, but no such petition has been allowed to move after approval.
“Very influential people are backing the hoodlums, who are the killers of the man, and they moved the file to Abuja, hoping to sit on it there.
“Just recently, the Inspector General of Police, IGP Baba Alkali was gracious enough to assign the matter back to the FCID, Enugu Annex to investigate it, and we are happy over this.
“It is the duty of the state to protect the life of her citizens. No life can be taken away save in a manner justified by law.
“We are therefore calling on the Enugu Annex of the FCID to step in and investigate the death of Tochukwu Onyemelukwe. We believe that getting to the root of the death of this man will help stop further deaths in our beloved community.
“There have previously been killings in Nanka, and we are suspecting that most of the people have been killed in the same manner, and their deaths have been covered up.
“Onyemelukwe was deposited in the mortuary without any formal report to the police about the murder, and there were plans to conduct an autopsy on him to ascertain the cause of his death, but all of a sudden, some people forcefully took away the corpse and buried him in the midnight, simply to block the evidence from the autopsy.
“We suspect that his body may have been tampered with, but we do not want to mention names, rather, we are only calling on the police to conduct its investigation and make its findings public.”
Following the death of Onyemelukwe in November 2021, many had wondered the authenticity of the allegations on Onyemelukwe as noodle theft was quite impossible for the victim to have gotten himself involved with.
It was further gathered that Nanka community has been polarised along leadership lines for years, and that, while a section of the community is loyal to Ositadinma Development Union, another group, which is said to be the duly registered one Enugwu Nanka Village Development Union, controls other parts of the village.
Ofokansi further said, “Some members of the Ositadinma Development Union are seeking to take over the leadership of the village.
“The late boy was a member of Enugwu Nanka Village Development Union. We suspect that he may have been murdered because he opposed the leadership of ODU.”