Shocking details have emerged as regards the story of Prince Kelechi Ineke, the son of Abaomege king who died in a tragic manner while in police custody in Abaomege, Onicha L.G.A of Ebonyi state after being arrested for fighting with a police officer’s son.
Earlier this month, Prince Kelechi Ineke, the son of HRH Eze Gabriel Ineke a.k.a Echemugo 1 of Abaomege was reportedly arrested for fighting with Ufem Umet Ekwe, son of inspector Umet Ekwe serving in the community.
It was also reported that Kelechi was arrested, detained, tortured, denied bail and starved to death by the police. The mystery surrounding his death is yet to be unraveled as a rope was found round his neck like someone who committed suicide in the police cell…
According to Daily Crimes Nigeria, a youth from the community who pleaded anonymity, revealed that the police inspector and the DCO were able to carry out this heinous act because the king is very old, sick and bedridden for a long time now and has not been around in the community.
“The king has been very sick for a long time, he is even in the hospital right now, you know he is very old.” a community member said.
According to reports, the police DCO, Eze Brendan Ikechukwu from Nsukka area of Enugu state is said to have been in contest with the late Kelechi over a girl (name withheld) from Abaomege. So when the prince was arrested, he reportedly took advantage of that to deal with his rival, the late Kelechi
According to late Kelechi’s friend, “This man has been disturbing us in this community, he has been going after Kelechi’s girl friend and Kelechi had on several occasions pleaded with him to stay away from his girlfriend. When Kelechi was arrested he hijacked the case just to get his pound of flesh. He refused to grant him bail even to give him food. Like play like play it was four days.”
When one of the community youths was approached with the question, ‘Why didn’t the youths protest at the police station during the four days in custody before the untimely death of the prince’.
He said; “we didn’t see this as a case or a problem. Even Prince Nnamdi did not inform Abaomege youths because we didn’t see this as case enough to inform the youths.”
However, Ebonyi State commissioner of police, Mr Titus Lamorde in the company of Onicha LGA Chairman , Eng. Ogbonnaya Igboke and SSA to Ebonyi state governor on security, Mr Ken Ugbala had yesterday 2nd April visited Abaomege for fact finding.
Meanwhile, all the police officers involved including the inspector’s son have been arrested and taken to Abakaliki, the state capital in cuffs by the commissioner of police.
The Ebonyi state House of Assembly has also constituted a committee to investigate the incident.