Killing of mechanic in PH: Car owner swears his statement in court in case of death


Lawyers set to petition IG to arrest police squad, as Garden City boils

By Codratus GodsonA group of lawyers in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, has perfected plans to petition the Inspector-General of Police (IG) demanding for the arrest and prosecution of operatives of Eagle Crack Squad set up by the Commissioner of Police in the state.

The lawyers are working on the case of the alleged killing of a mechanic in Port Harcourt by the police in Mile One Diobu. The lawyers led by Chiabu Onuoha addressed the press at the Ernest Ikoli Press Centre on Moscow Road, a stone throw to the headquarters of the Rivers State Police Command, said they did not send any petition to the Rivers Police boss because he is the one who set up E-Crack.

The lawyers also brought one Chinedu Samuel Ezenwaliri, said to be the owner of the car that the police had allegedly claimed the mechanic, Chima Ikwunado of Olu Obasanjo Road, had snatched with his team (actually his apprentices).

The death of the mechanic is the most sensitive trending topic in the south-south following uproar and tension in the garden city over the brutality involved in the scandalous saga.

The car owner said he came to the public through the press to state his part of the saga and prove to the world that he did not do anything that led to the killing or death of the mechanic.

Ezenwaliri who said policemen have been coming to his shop to ask of him, said it was the same police in Mile One that released his car to him after screening the documents. He feared that now that his testimony has controverted the account of the E-Crack over the death of the mechanic, that the police had started looking for him.

His lawyer said the car owner has sworn to an affidavit deposing the facts of the matter so that should anything happen to him, the world would know the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth.

The attorney said should the car owner be arrested and made to sign another statement, that the one affirmed in the court would supercede.

The car owner said: “I want to state clearly that that my car was not robbed by anybody. I gave my Camry car to my mechanic to repair the camber bushing and radiator coat. Because I did not give the money right there, I started looking for him the following day 20th January 2019 to give him the money but his number was not going. I never reported that my car stolen. I gave it to my mechanic I trust for over two years.

“I did not do anything that aided his death. I only traced him to the police in Mile One when I started looking for him and learnt that he drove one way and E-Crack arrested him. I went there and saw my car. When I proved ownership of the car, the police released it to me. I later got a call who asked whether I heard that Chima (the mechanic) had died in police cell. I was shocked”.

Newsmen informed the lawyers that the other boys detained along with Chima were in very bad shape and could die any moment from the kind of wounds that they carry on them. It was learnt that the relations of the detained boys have spent huge sums to secure bail for the boys to no avail.

Mechanics and spare parts dealers in Port Harcourt began street protests since Monday along Ikokwu area but the police cae shooting. The state government said it has banned protests to avert breakdown of law and order.