News about the alleged killing of an Ebonyi Prince while in police custody emerged some days back. Further details on the killing have now been revealed to the public.
According to reports, Prince Kelechi Ineke, the son of HRH Eze Gabriel Ineke a.k.a Echemugo 1 of Abaomege, Ebonyi State was 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 allegedly 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 was alleged to have been in dispute with the late Kelechi over a girl (name withheld) from Abaomege. So when the prince was arrested, he reportedly took advantage of the situation to deal with his rival, the late Kelechi
“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” One of the deceased friends had said
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.
All the police officers involved including the case 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.