Reporter : CHUKWUBUIKE MADU
The family of a thirty-eight year old man, Charles Chikwado Duruji, said to have been stabbed to death at the officers’ quarters of the New Haven Divisional Police Station, Enugu, by yet to be identified persons, has appealed to police authorities to unravel the killers and circumstances that led to his death.
Late Charles Duruji was a mechanical engineer from Izombe in Oguta Local Government Area of Imo State and youth leader of his community. A brother of the deceased, Chukwuemeka Duruji, told Radio Nigeria in a telephone interview, that late Charles visited his fiancé, Victoria Nwala, an Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP), who lives in the quarters located inside the police station, when he met his untimely death.
According to Mr. Chukwuemeka Duruji, the family is not comfortable with the explanation by the police that their son was a victim of an attack on the police station around 10pm on September 27, 2020.
“They said their station was attacked so when I saw the station, the attack wasn’t commensurate with what will lead to somebody’s death.
“The attack was inside their quarters, not only inside the quarters, inside one of the rooms; after the parlour, you find other rooms before getting there. So before you get there, there was no incident of where there was attack, may be that they (attackers) destroyed property.
“They are alleging they broke in but I’m suspecting there was nothing like that. So I’m suspecting assassination, the deceased brother cried out.
Mr. Duruji, who said the family had petitioned the Inspector General of Police on the incident, appealed that officers of the New Haven Divisional Police Station should not conduct the investigation to ensure neutrality, fairness and unbiased report.
“Our fear is that the people in that station know what happened and they seem to be hiding it. So we wouldn’t want a situation they would be doing the investigation because it will not lead us anywhere.
“Even the DPO, the day we went there after five days was the day she was writing report that something like that happened. That was the day they called somebody to come and take pictures of what happened.
“So I don’t know how long it will take them to report to higher authority that something like that happened in their station,”
Mr. Duruji queried.
Efforts to get the reaction of the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Enugu State Command, Mr. Daniel Ndukwe Ekea, to the issue failed as he neither picked his calls nor responded to a text massage sent to him.
Meanwhile, during Radio Nigeria’s visit to the New Haven Divisional Police Station, some policemen on duty denied any attack on the station and the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) was said not to be around. However, a resident of the area told Radio Nigeria that they heard disturbing gun shots around 10pm of September 27, which they suspected to have emanated from the police station.