The Enugu State Branch of
the Nigerian Bar Association(NBA) has expressed disappointment over the way the police was investigating the brutal murder of a prominent lawyer in the state, late Barr. Ejimofor Ozongwu.
It would be recalled that Ozongwu, who until his demise, was the Executive Secretary of the Movement for the Actualization of Adada State, was reportedly killed over a disputed piece of land in his village, Okwojo Ngwo, near Enugu 2pm on Christmas eve in 2015.
Addressing journalists in Enugu shortly after attending a sitting of the Judicial Commission of Inquiry set up by the Enugu State Government to look into Recent Civil Disturbances in Okwojo Ngwo Community in Udi local government area, the State Chairman of NBA, Professor Osita Nnamani Ogbu said they had been complaining over the manner the police had been investigating the matter.
While maintaining that the matter remained a murder case, he expressed regrets that most of the suspects were still working around the streets, alleging that some of them have even travelled outside the country.
He therefore threatened that NBA, Enugu State Branch might institute an action for Writ of Mandamus to compel the police to carry out its duty, saying it appears that there are some sacred cows.
Professor Ogbu insisted that it was only the state government that was serious about the matter, and expressed happiness that the state government had vowed that justice must be done.
The brother to the late lawyer, Eric Ozongwu, who also spoke to journalists, said most of the suspected murders were on the run, that adding that the Commissioner of Police and the State Governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi has assured that anybody that has a hand in the murder of his brother would not go scot- free.
brother would not go scot-free.
Meanwhile, the panel set up to look into the recent Civil Disturbances in Okwojo Ngwo Community has commenced sitting at the Enugu State High Court.
The panel, chaired by Retired Justice Obieze is expected to investigate and ascertain immediate causes of the crisis in Ngwo Community, investigate and ascertain the number of persons killed, injured or threatened with injury in connection the crisis, to identify persons, groups or institutions who either directly by acts of omission or commission were directly or indirectly involved or sponsored the violence and killings.
Canica Amadi, Enugu