The whereabouts of a young man in Imo State, Mmaduabuchi Onuoha, remained unknown after he was arrested by officers from Mgbidi Divisional Police Station in Orsu West LGA of the state.
According to the Onuoha family, Mmaduabuchi disappeared on February 2 after visiting his girlfriend at her father’s house and her subsequent arrest by the police.
His mother, Martina Onuoha, said the Mgbidi Divisional Police Officer (DPO) informed them that the young man had been transferred to the Imo State Criminal Investigation Department’s Anti-Kidnapping Unit. .
The family, however, alleged that after Mmaduabuchi was arrested by the police, the officers returned to Onuoha’s home and took away his belongings, including a television, generator, refrigerator, mattress and a commercial bus. .
According to the family, the police also damaged the young man’s 18-seater bus parked in his concession.
Meanwhile, the state CID had repeatedly refused to provide information about Mmaduabuchi’s whereabouts to the family or his lawyers.
The family further claimed that Onuoha’s name did not appear in the police “logbook or detainee book”, adding that the family had been “dribbled” since February 2.
They appealed to the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Governor Hope Uzodimma and the Imo State Commissioner of Police to step in and find out what is going on.
Onuoha’s mother described the situation as a case of “unlawful detention”, expressing fear that her son had been killed.
“The case concerns my son, Mmaduabuchi Onuoha whom we (the whole family) have been looking for since February 2, 2022.
“Mmaduabuchi Onuoha on the said date went to visit his girlfriend, a Miss Chinecherem Endurance Alozie from Umuoma Ogbe, Ahiazu Mbaise LGA from Imo State but resides in Mgbidi with her parents.
“He went with a friend named Miss Chinonso Martha from Umouofor Eze, Umuhuocha Obohia, Ahiazu Mbaise LGA, Imo State whose older brother is working for my son Mmaduabuchi.
“On arriving in Mgbidi where Chinecherem lives with his father, his father, Mr. Lawrence Alozie, called the police from Mgbidi police station with the allegation that my son had kidnapped his daughter (Chinecherem).
“My son Mmaduabuchi and Chinonso who were accompanying him were arrested and taken to Mgbidi police station. When this information reached us, we went to the police station, the Mgbidi police chief told us that they had been transferred to the Anti-Kidnapping Unit of the Imo State Criminal Investigation Department.”
She said all efforts to get the anti-kidnapping unit to tell them where he was and when he would be brought to justice had proven futile.
She added, “Police also went to his residence at Umuhuocha Obohia in Ahiazu Mbaise LGA of Imo State and took away his belongings such as his TV, generator, fridge, foam and also confiscated his commercial bus and damaged his other 18-seater bus parked inside the compound.
“All efforts to find out the whereabouts of my son Mmaduabuchi Onuoha have proven futile. The family have visited the State CID several times with lawyers, but they have refused to give us information on his whereabouts. His name doesn’t even appear in their logbook or inmate’s book and they haven’t told us why.
“The Investigating Police Officer (IPO), a certain Eberechukwu Nwosu, told us about the whereabouts of my son, Mmaduabuchi Onuoha.
“We the family of Mmaduabuchi humbly request the assistance of the Imo State Commissioner of Police, Inspector General of Police, Governor of Imo State, the media community Nigerian and general public, to help us ask IPO Eberechukwu Nwosu of Imo State CID Anti-Kidnapping Unit, Mr. Lawrence Alozie and his daughter Chinecherem Alozie, Chinoso Martha who was accompanying him and was arrested with him but later released to return home, the plight of our son Mr. Mmaduabuchi Onuoha whether dead or alive and to help us ensure that Mmaduabuchi gets justice.”