The family of late Chukwuma Ihezie, who
allegedly died in police custody, has petitioned
President Goodluck Jonathan seeking his order for an
autopsy to be conducted on the deceased to enable
them take his remains for burial.
Chukwuma reportedly died in detention six days after
he was arrested by men of the Special Anti-Robbery
Squad, SARS, Enugu State Police Command.
The police had tagged the engineering graduate an
armed robbery suspect, an allegation his family
It was, however, gathered that few months after, the
police authorities, after an investigation from the
force headquarters, found out that the deceased was
not an armed robber.
Spokesperson of the family, Mr. Chinedu Ihezie, said
their son’s car, laptop and other personal effects
were released to the family.
He added that although police had asked them to go
and bury their son, it would be difficult to do so as
Enugu State Police Command had turned down a
request for autopsy.
The letter, addressed to President Jonathan, was
copied to the Senate President, David Mark; Mathew
Omegara, representing Okigwe North federal
constituency, House of Representatives; Chairman,
Police Service Commission; the Inspector-General of
Police, the Commissioner of Police, Enugu State
Command; and the Executive Secretary, National
Human Rights Commission, Abuja.
The letter, signed by Chinedu Ihezie on behalf of the
family of the deceased, is praying President Jonathan
to prevail on the Police authorities to, among other
things, arrest and investigate the officers involved in
Contacted, the Police image-maker, Enugu State Com-
mand, Mr. Ebere Amaraizu, DSP, said: “I am not
aware of the incident. Send me the details and I will
look into it.”
It also requested conduct of a genuine post-mortem
examination on Chukwuma’s corpse and release of
his corpse for burial.
The letter read in part: “Chukwuma Ihezie, a native of
Umuozu Ezumoha in Isiala Mbano Local Government
Area, Imo State, born in 1983.
“Our heart is bleeding, our hope is in God Almighty
through you. The future hope and light of the family
has been so extinguished. We humbly cry unto you
“On January 12, Chukwuma went for his normal cab
work and was arrested by Independence Layout,
Enugu policemen for picking a passenger whom the
police falsely labelled an armed robber.
“He was kept under detention in their station under a
DPO (names withheld). He was later transferred to
Special Anti-Robbery Squad, SARS, office by Zakari
Yau, along with his handwritten statement. On
January 18, Chukwuma was shot on the spinal cord
and killed by SARS without a fair hearing in any court
of law and his corpse dumped in UNTH, Ituku Ozala,
Enugu, mortuary on Saturday, January 18.
“Chukwuma was killed to cover up a secret, which
could have been unveiled if he was allowed to talk.