High Chief Gabriel Ohai who is the Odogwu (Traditional Warlord) of Ogwashi-Uku Kingdom in Delta State has called on the Inspector General of Police, IGP, Kayode Egbetoku and Commissioner of Police in the state, CP Wale Abbas to intensify their efforts to arrest the suspects in the Azungwu community in Ogwashi-Uku Kingdom who are wanted for murder, rape and arson.
In an appeal directed at the Police bosses, the Odogwu of Ogwashi-Uku lamented the impunity and mischief of the suspects who had the temerity to arrange a press meeting where they appealed to the government to come to their aid.
According to him, it is only in Nigeria that fugitives who are wanted by the police for murder, rape and arson with charges in court will go to give pressmen 300,000 to publish articles on their behalf.
Chief Gabriel Ohai said, “Nigeria is truly a wonderful place. When I was attacked, my uncle killed, my house and farm burnt to the ground, I went to the Delta State government, Human Rights Commission, and Edwin Uzor, the conflict resolution person appointed by government. I was advised to take my case to the police since they were criminal issues. After two years of painstaking investigation, a review by the Director of Public Prosecution and charges filed against these individuals, it is now that they know that government exists. Why have they not surrendered to the law enforcement authorities? Are criminal cases settled by social media?”
The Odogwu of Ogwashi-Uku stressed that the police must intensify their efforts to apprehend the remaining suspects so they can be brought to justice.
According to him, they are recalcitrant, unrepentant and still committing crimes.
He said, “Some of them have just been arrested by the FCID Abuja for another case of murder. This should tell everyone that these fugitives are serial offenders. They are the same people who ran away from the courts with police handcuffs earlier this year. They summoned a mob and overwhelmed the police while in court and the mob freed all the individuals. They deserve absolutely no consideration.”
The remaining suspects according to him include Mr Eluemunor Nwaolise, Ifechukwude Ikewenji, Austin Nkwo, Ikechukwu Odogwu, Monday Egbe Okelue, Augustine Edelie, Ubaka Ajiduah, Uche Ikenweji, John Ochei, Amechi Adinfono, Nwabuisi Adinfono, Eke Mekoma, Anthony Nwaduba.
He called on the remaining suspects to spare their community from police visits by submitting themselves to the law enforcement authorities instead of living the lives of fugitives.