ACP denies suspect’s death in Onitsha police cell
By Phil Okose, Onitsha
The Onitsha police area commander, assistant commissioner of police, ACP John Obuagbaka, has described as false and unfounded the allegation in some quarters that about three out of scores of suspects arrested during raids of some black spots in Onitsha and detained at the area command cell suffocated in the cell.
He made the denial to Orient Daily in Onitsha adding, “the only person that later died was somebody who was weak and abandoned at Upper Iweka axis whom we took to the hospital where he was later certified dead.”
“If anybody or family is in doubt of that let them come forward and we will show them where we picked the person and took him to the hospital” he further stated.
The commander disclosed also that that 13 of those suspects would be arraigned in court for being in possession of incriminating objects while the innocent among them were released after interrogation.
He vowed to continue the raid on black spots hinting that, “if we discontinue, these bad people will make the Christmas celebration unfavourable for holiday makers”
Among those reported to have suffocated was one Mr. Amasiri, said to hail from Ebonyi state, whose true identity had not been ascertained as at the time of filing this report.
Commending the constant police raid of Upper Iweka black spots, a trader in the area who pleaded anonymity said that “sequel to the dilapidated portion of the Onitsha/Owerri road within the Upper Iweka axis, hoodlums have capitalised on the ugly situation to rob road users.
The Aba park near the failed portion is the hideout of the hoodlums which, if not for constant police raid, scores would have been victims,”