Tension as Poly student, three others missing in Anambra

A youth identified as a student of the Federal Polytechnic, Oko, Anambra State and three others arrested last year in separate locations in Aguata Local Government Area of the state are yet to be found.

This is coming as allegation of organ harvest is rocking the Anambra Police.

Some police cops at the Rapid Response Squad, Annexe, formerly Awkuzu SARS, and Zone 13 Headquarters, Ukpo, had been fingered to be involved in alleged illegal detention, kidnappings, extrajudicial killings and human organ harvesting by a whistleblower.

Parents of the victims, who were in Awka, during a stakeholders meeting of media and Civil Society Groups, under the auspices of Anambra State Police Stakeholders Partnership Forum lamented that their children, arrested by police operatives were yet to be found one year after 

The men, Mr Titus Orji and Gilbert Obinwa alleged that police operatives were reluctant in assisting them trace their wards whereabouts.

Narrating his ordeal, Orji said his only son, Jeremiah, a student of Federal Polytechnic, Oko left his off-campus lodge after receiving a call at about 9pm, but never returned.

He said,“This happened on 19 March 2022. He was my only son, and we have looked for him everywhere. Some people in his area told us that some security men carrying guns were seen that night, close to his lodge, forcing him into a white bus.”

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Also speaking, Gilbert Obinwa said: “I was at home on April 24, 2022, when some policemen invaded my compound in Ekwulọbịa and arrested my son. As they were leaving, a boy who was working with my son came in with the Okada man who brought him, and they arrested both of them and left.

“They didn’t tell me what their offence was, or where they were taking them to. I have been to every known police station since then looking for them, to no avail.

“We engaged a tracker, who showed that the boys are being kept in a certain location in Nteje community, and we involved the police, but they told us that thr area is dangerous, and that they won’t go.”

Meanwhile, Coordinators of the Anambra State Police Partnership Forum, Mr Okechukwu Nwanguma and Mr Chris Azor decried activities of certain elements in the police.

Nwanguma in his address said: “We are shocked that the crude method of policing, which led to the #EndSARS protest is still with us. If this continues, what we will see next will make #EndSARS look like a joke.

“We are still aware of the detention of a whistleblower who gave information about the activities of some top police officers in Anambra. 

“As we speak, the whistleblower is in detention, but the officers were not even suspended for investigation to go on, untampered with.”

Nwanguma, Executive Director, Rule of Law and Accountability Advocacy Centre, RULAAC called on Inspector General of Police, Baba Akali, to ensure thorough investigation of the allegations of organ harvesting and rights violations against the two police formations in the State.

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