Following the murder of 28-year-old Chukwudi Ogbonna, the family has raised the alarm that their lives are under threat after he was allegedly killed by vigilantes.
Chukwudi, a resident of Isigwe-Ugboawka community in the Nkanu East area of Enugu State was reportedly arrested on August 28, 2019, by the community’s neighbourhood security watch for alleged vandalisation of a transformer and was later shot dead.
However, the Enugu Electricity Distribution Company, which owned the transformer, wrote to the police denying the allegation that the victim vandalised its property.
It was gathered that after the murder of Chukwudi, the police in Amagunze division, arrested two members of the vigilantes, but later released them.
But, the elder sister of the deceased, Ms Juliet Ogbonna, petitioned the Inspector General of Police, who ordered the Zone 9 Police Command, Umuahia, to probe the murder.
The investigation which led to the arrest of two vigilante members from the Ugboawka community; Chidiebere Ogbodo and Chukwu Ifeanyi were arraigned and remanded in prison.
Juliet said since the duo was remanded, her family had been facing threats.
“None of my siblings is living in the community again for fear of being killed as well. We want protection and we justice for our late brother,” she added.
She also stated that an autopsy report revealed that Chukwudi was killed by an AK-47 rifle bullet.
Juliet alleged that reports have it that there are plans to bribe the attorney general of the state to enter a nolle proseque (will no longer prosecute) submission in the court case.