Family of man who died in Police Custody demands justice

The relatives of Chinwendu Ibekwe, who hailed from Umuobiakwa Nsirimo, Umuahia South area of Abia State, have demanded justice over the death of their son.

Ibekwe died in police custody in Umuahia, the state capital.

It was gathered that the deceased, a 42-year-old vulcaniser at Ubalaka, a suburb of Umuahia, was arrested in his workshop on April 6, 2017 for allegedly buying a stolen tyre.

The deceased’s uncle, Onyebuchi Ibekwe, told Punch that his late nephew had gone to his place of work on the day he was arrested but did not come back in the evening.

Wife of the deceased, Obigaeri Ibekwe, said since she got married to her late husband in Kaduna 14 years ago, he had lived a peaceful life and had never been accused of theft.

She said, “My husband always said the truth on any matter, irrespective of who was involved. I’m just surprised about all these stories they are telling me about my husband.

“Since we came back from Kaduna, I have been a peasant farmer and my two children are still in primary school. Their late father has been the one paying their school fees. We need help from Nigerians and the government.”

The Police PRO, Geoffrey Ogbonna, however, claimed that when the deceased was in custody, he became aggressive and started hitting himself on the wall.

Ogbonna added, “When he later took ill in custody, he was taken to the police clinic where he passed on. When things like this happen, the next thing will be to find out the exact cause of death. The family has been advised accordingly. They may as well want an autopsy conducted on the deceased, so we’ve advised them to call a pathologist for that purpose.”

How can a man just be hitting himself on the wall? 


  1. how una take kill this man now,nigerian police men and torture

  2. Oh,Police why wount you change for good for just a day.

  3. How can a man healthy before he was arrested died suddenly died overnight

  4. It's obvious Nigerian police received two sets of training, the first being the first and the second on how to lie, how on earth can you say the man was hitting himself on the wall, I fear who no fear 9ja police

  5. I dont trust this police people, how can someone be hitting himself on the wall without no caurse.

  6. "He became aggressive and started hitting himself on the wall " so said by PRO Ogbonna. The PRO statements alone is unprofessional and to be candid police was aware and as well the cause of his death.

  7. Hope they get it..


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