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Friday, 15 March 2013
(NEWS): Heart missing, eyes plucked out.. – The untold story of Emeka Aseme’s murder
Information reaching me clearly indicates that the Oguta community in Imo state, the hometown of the murdered Charlyboy’s cousin, Emeka Aseme has been in crisis as the youth of the community trooped out on Thursday to protest the death of Emeka after his decomposed body was found along a bush path, somewhere in the community. The enraged youth who have blamed the police over the killing went on rampage, attempting to set the Oguta police station on fire, however, they were overpowered by the military men who have been on parade since the incident happened.
Our reporter has gathered that even with the presence of armed security men in the town, all is not well yet, as the youth have vowed to go to any length, while questioning the police for neglecting the community. A source has also revealed to us that most of the youth who have come out to express their grievances over the brutality meted on Mr. Emeka were those he had empowered in one way or the other. We have gathered that over one thousand five hundred youth are currently working in Emeka’s different establishments in Imo state. We have exclusively gathered that the hotel from where the late Emeka was kidnapped is only few metres away from the Oguta Police station. Report says the kidnappers had a flat tyre just in front of the Oguta police station, yet the police never came out to intervene.
It would be recalled that Emeka, a business tycoon and a hotelier was forcefully taken away by gun wielding men during one of his visits to his 5-Star hotel in Oguta, Imo state. Investigation revealed that after several efforts by the family towards establishing contacts with the abductors, 8 million naira ransom was demanded by the kidnappers. However, upon payment of the said money, Emeka’s decomposed body was found in a bush path, with his sexual organ , eyes and the heart plucked out. As at press time, no concrete reason has been given by the family as to why his body parts were removed.
THE UNTOLD STORY
Meanwhile, about five suspected hired assassins have been arrested in connection with the incident. This has twisted the suspicion of many people who had earlier thought that the killers were kidnappers.
A source who had pleaded anonymity told DailyPost that one of the killers sustained serious injuries during the shootout with the three policemen who were manning Emeka’s hotel in Oguta. Report says the three policemen were all killed. However, the injured kidnapper who ran to a hospital in Port Harcourt was requested to present his military identity card before treatment, since he went to the hospital on a military uniform. Unable to provide any proof that he was a military man, the police were invited, leading to his arrest. We have been reliably informed that about five of the killers have already been arrested, and police investigations have revealed that the supposed kidnappers were actually hired assassins.
HOW EMEKA WAS KILLED
An Oguta indigene who spoke with our reporter had disclosed that the suspects had allegedly confessed that they were hired to carry out the job by some hotel owners in Oguta whose businesses are gradually going down due to the stiff competition in the business, especially in Imo state. He alleged that “Security sources have revealed that many people from Oguta community have been fingered in relation to Emeka’s murder. His body parts were removed, eyes plucked out, heart removed. My brother, it’s a horrible sight. I don’t want to think about it. How can people be that callous?”
DR. ALBAN, CHARLYBOY REACT TO KILLING
Charlyboy, AKA, AreaFada has reacted to the spate of killing in Imo state, particularly, the recent killing of his cousin, Emeka. Speaking with our correspondent in Abuja- Nigeria, the Areafada said “ I have never seen a thing like this since I grew up in Oguta. This is extreme barbarism. How can a man be so callous to his fellow man to the extent of removing different parts of his body until he finally gave up? This is unheard of. What is this country turning to? What era is this? As far as I know, no evil doer will go unpunished. Every evil committed by man to man must surely be redressed, if not now, certainly later, if not by man, then by God, for the victory of evil over good is temporary. We are waiting for the outcome of police investigation. After then, we will take the campaign to Oguta. We must agitate for peace. The peace that has eluded us must be returned. We are not known for this.”
Relatively, another prominent son, and Swedish based musician, Dr. Alban spoke from Sweden via telephone over the death of Emeka. After been asked on his take in the current crisis rocking Oguta, the “is my Life” crooner said, “it does not have to be my cousin, anybody killed is horrible. It’s sad that we now kill ourselves like chickens and goats. Security wise, Nigeria is not safe. Where are the police? What’s the government doing to curb this menace of killings here and there? Security is deteriorating day by day. Imagine, just yesterday, the whole Murtala Mohammed Airport, Lagos was reportedly invaded by some armed robbers, and they escaped unharmed. How safe is a country where robbers, kidnappers, and militants are always on rampage with no prompt response from the leadership?
“Security wise, those of us overseas are handicapped. We are not there; hence we cannot make much input. Who is even ready to listen when some of us with great ideas are willing to offer free of charge? It’s not that the government doesn’t know what to do, but why are they silent over this? This is a one million question, and the answer doesn’t seem to be on sight. I have never really met with Jonathan, but it is certain, he needs good advicers around him.
“Another question is who supplies guns to people in Nigeria? How do people get military uniforms for operation? What are the laws in place against those caught impersonating military officers, and on military uniforms? What happens to someone caught carrying gun? These are laws that could be made, and would not cost us money. Tell me why after the Delta state House of Assembly passed a law on anti-kidnapping, the Governor refused to sign it into law? This is part of what we are talking about. It’s sad.”
Alban said he was willing to join other Nigerians in Diaspora to embark on a campaign against violence, but feared that such movement could be hijacked. “That is how Boko Haram was hijacked; the same is applicable to Niger Delta Militants and a host of others.”
He however assured that discussion is on top gear between him and Charlyboy on the best intervention strategy. “I’m talking with Charles, and very soon, we will start something for the good of Oguta, Imo and Nigeria.”