MURDER INCORPORATED: Delta Assembly Chief Whip, Ajudua, Embroils in a Murder Case
The Delta House of Assembly Chief Whip is embroiled in a messy Murder Case. It is alleged that Mrs Pat Princess Ajudua, her husband Chief (Barr.) Fred Ajudua, Hon Innocent Esewezie and twelve other suspects conspired and murdered one Emeka Onianwa in Ibusa Oshimili North Local Government of Delta State during the 2015 House of Assembly election.
In a Petition to the Inspector General of Police, signed by his solicitor, Barrister Femi Okafor, Chief Azuya, mentor to the deceased, alleged that Mr Onianwa and two other members of APGA monitoring team were beaten “into a state of stupor at Ward 8 Umueze/Ngboko polling booth where they had gone to monitor the voting process,” and driven in “a Hyundai Accent vehicle with Registration No. LG 027 AKU” to the residence of Mr. Fred Ajudua, where they were again severely beaten this time with an iron rod.
His petition further reads: “The deadly blows from the rod coupled with the other beating already given to the trio resulted in late Emeka bleeding from the ear, nose and mouth…Mr. Emeka Onianwa, because of the excessive loss of blood arising from the blows to his head and body with the iron rod, fainted right in the living room of the Ajuduas.”
Fred Ajudua, in a public statement dated 9th May 2015, perfunctorily denied his involvement and that of his wife in the torture and murder of Mr Onianwa: “Attempts to frame my family, with a murder case and instigate hate-campaign against us will at the long run also fail. We did not touch the skin of the late boy not to talk of hitting him with any object,” he wrote in a post on Facebook.
Apparently, his passionate denial failed to convince the Inspector General of police, who had invited the Ajuduas and the other murder suspects to Abuja on four different occasions. On Friday, 4 July 2015, a group of policemen from Abuja stormed Ibusa to effect the arrest of all the key suspects in the murder of Mr Onianwa and charge them to court.
We understand that the Delta State lawmaker, her husband and some of the key murder suspects were tipped off of their imminent arrest, and they quickly went underground. However, the police apprehended Innocent Esewezie, the immediate interim chairman of Oshimili North Local Government, and arraigned him before Ibusa magistrate court on a 5-count murder charge.
Count two, among other counts, states: “That you, Innocent Esewezie, (M) and others now at large on the same date and time at Umueze camp area and the house of Fred Ajudua in Ibusa during the gubernatorial and House of Assembly election did unlawfully killed one Emeka Onianwa (m) by hitting him with several objects including knifes, cutlasses and walking sticks which cause his death on the 16th of April 2015 and thereby committed an offence punishable under section 319 (1) of a Criminal Code Law Cap. C21 Vol. Laws of Delta State, 2006.”
The judge later ruled that Hon Esewezie should be remanded in Ogwashi prison pending the next hearing slated for 29 July 2015. He was susbsequently taken to Ogwashi Ukwu in Hillux van, guarded by fully armed policemen. Xclusive Magazine can authoritatively report that this is the second time Mr Esewezie is being charged for murder. On 17 June 2011, he was one of the five suspects charged for the murder of one Marvis Chukwuka. Marvis was gunned down at a polling station in Ibusa on the day of the House of Assembly election.
Badly shaken by the judgment that saw her loyal stalwart remanded in prison custody, the pint-size lawmaker through her counsel, P. U. Lotobi Esq, quickly filed a suit (suit number: AKU/M/32/2015) in a High court Registry Akwukwu-Igbo Delta State on Monday, 6 July 2015.
The court judgment paper, which was exclusively obtained by Xclusive Magazine, revealed that the State Assembly Chief Whip sought “an order of interim injunction restraining the respondents, by themselves, their officers, privies, agents and servants from further arrest, detention of the applicants and/or from taking further steps in connection with the subject matter of this suit and staying all actions pending the determination of the main suit.”
Xclusive Magazine gathered on good authority that Mrs Ajudua is adept at using the court of law to outwit her political opponents. It is, therefore, not surprising to many Ibusa prominent men and women that the judge, Honourable Justice H.O Akpotohwo, ruled in Ajudua’s favour, having “ordered as prayed,” with the hearing of the full motion slated for 14 July 2015. These Ibusa prominent men and women view the judgment as another case of the Ajuduas using a compromised judiciary to escape yet another persecution, and are of the opinion that for justice to be served, the trial of all the suspects in the murder case, whenever it comes up, has to be outside the State, beyond the tentacles of the Ajuduas. But they least expected what was to follow two days later.
On 8 July 2015, the State Department of Public Prosecutions (DPP) discharged the murder case against Chief Fred Ajudua, Princess Ajudua, Innocent Esewezie and eleven other suspects due to lack of substantial evidence. Xclusive Magazine gathered from a reliable source that Delta State Governor Ifeanyi Okowa, who now has a reputation for appointing killer squad leaders into his cabinet, has pencilled down Esewezie for a Senior Special Adviser role, and his continued detention and allowing the murder case against him to continue will rock the appointment boat. Okowa had then pressurised the DPP to strike off the case. The reason Hon Esewezie was released from Ogwashi Uku prison after just two days in prison.
The vacation of the murder case against the Delta State House of Assembly chief whip and other principal suspects by the DPP and the immediate release of Esewezie from custody generated intense outrage and anger in the community. Their main apprehension is that the murder of Mr Onianwa is now heading the way of four other unresolved politically motivated murder that occurred in the town in the past few years.
Adankele, as Princess Ajudua is fondly called, has a reputation for playing Point and Kill politics because of her penchant for using ‘thuggery,” violence and murder to achieve political goals. In 2007, one Livy Ajufo also from Ibusa was killed. On the House of Assembly Election Day in 2011, Marvis Chukwuka and Onyeka Achuzia were murdered. Same time, Ibusa witnessed the ritual killings of women in the farm roads, in which about 11 of them were killed by removing their intestines and dumping them in the farms. Although Xclusive Magazine is unable to establish Mrs Ajudua’s direct involvement in these politically-motivated murders and ritual killings, the insinuation is rife that the murders had occurred during the Delta State Oshimili North’s House of Assembly elections in which Mrs Ajudua had been a candidate.
The indigenous peoples of Ibusa now live in fear. Those who summoned courage to speak to Xclusive Magazine only agreed to do so strictly on condition of anonymity for fear of their lives. Meanwhile, the community continues to search for the killers of Mr Emeka Kelvin Onianwa with the now trending hastag: #WhoKilledEmekaOnianwa#
***Additional reports by Dr Peter Anny-Nzekwue
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