Sixty-three groups have written the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Ibrahim Idris, asking him to effect the arrest of a prime suspect, Paul Chukwujekwu Ezeugo, presently at large, over his alleged role in the disappearance of an Abuja-based business woman, Charity Aiyedogbon.
The groups, under the aegis of Coalition against Crime in Nigeria, wrote a petition dated August 22, 2016, to the IG captioned ‘Re-Missing Charity Aiyedogbon: pertinent issues; our demands’.
The petition was signed by the group’s National Coordinator, Harrison Pepple and made available to newsmen.
They called on the police to conduct a DNA test on a body displayed on Facebook by Lagos lawyer, Emeka Ugwuonye, to ascertain the veracity of his claim that it is that of the missing woman.
The 2-page Petition made a six-point demand and reads in part:
“Coalition against Crime in Nigeria is a Network of 63 Civil Society Organisations advocating against Crime, Immorality and other social vices in Nigeria.
“We first write to commend you for your determination towards unravelling the mystery behind the sudden disappearance of an Abuja-based lady, Charity Aiyedogbon, aka Chacha, being handled by the Monitoring Unit of your office (IGPMU).
“We are aware that the missing woman’s husband, David Aiyedogbon was directly accused by a Lagos-based lawyer, Emeka Ugwuonye of having a hand in her disappearance. He also displayed a corpse on his Facebook group, Due Process Advocates, claiming that it was that of the missing woman, among others.
“We are also aware that the missing woman’s daughter’s (Juliet) wedding was postponed indefinitely as a result of the controversy generated by misinformation fed to Nigerians by Ugwuonye’s claims over her missing mother.
“We also have reports that some arrests have been made in connection with her disappearance, while her vehicle and two handsets have been recovered, among other developments.”
Continuing, the Petition urged the Police to address Nigerians on the extent of investigation, while officially declaring Charity Aiyedogbon missing.
“We demand that you use your good offices to order an immediate conduct of a DNA test on the corpse displayed online by Lagos lawyer, Emeka Ugwuonye to ascertain the true identity of the body; direct the Force Public Relations Officer to address Nigerians on the extent of investigation/findings on the matter and invoke relevant sections of the Police Act by declaring the prime suspect, Paul Chukwujekwu Ezeugo wanted, so Nigerians and the International Community will be on the lookout for him.”
Other demands by the group are that the Police “officially declare Charity Aiyedogbon (Chacha) missing; invite her extended family members (parents and 4 siblings) for questioning, following their continued silence on the matter of their missing daughter since May 10, 2016 and all those that have questions to answer (from your investigations) be charged to Court without further delay.”
It would be recalled that an Abuja-based business woman, Charity Aiyedogbon was declared missing on social media by her friends and her whereabouts remains a mystery that the Police is attempting to unravel.