It was reported that five policemen who allegedly killed a final-year Law student at the Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Anambra State, Augustine Ugwu freed from police custody.
According to report, Augustine was arrested in a bar by a local anti-cult outfit established by the late Chairman of Nsukka Local Government Area, Patrick Omeje, on April 23, 2020.
The local anti-cult reportedly handed him over to the officer-in-charge of the Enugu Police Anti-Cult unit in Nsukka, DSP Nnamdi Ochin but the police later deny the claim that the student was in their custody.
The deceased father, Andy Ugwu, a retired police officer, however petitioned the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, in order to probe the incident.
The ACP Gabriel Elaigbwu led a six-man panel inaugurated to fathom the matter. The panel was said to be from the Force Headquarters, Abuja and came to Enugu in June for investigation.
The panel later found out that Augustine had been killed and buried in a shallow grave by the five policemen.
The OC anti-cult unit, three sergeants working under him: Emmanuel Ibiam, Godwin Abel, Abu John and Nsukka Divisional Crime Officer 3, ASP Peter Adu, were summoned by the panel.
Second-in-Command, Enugu State Police Criminal Investigation Department, ACP Fidelis Ogarabe, then prevented the panel from being taken to Abuja insisting that they should remain in the state’s police custody, while awaiting the outcome of autopsy.
Police sources on Tuesday that immediately the panel left, the suspects were released and redeployed to other police divisions.
One of the sources from the police said, “The panel came last week to continue with the investigation possibly to take them to Abuja. As I am talking to you, none of the policemen accused of the killing appeared before the panel until they left for Abuja on Saturday.”
But Ogarabe denied the allegations describing it as baseless and untrue.
He said, “My brother, how can I do such a thing? My father died and I travelled to bury him. I am not even around. So, how am I aiding them? They are serving members of the Force. My opinion is that everybody is responsible for their action.”