As the Imo State Judicial Commission of Inquiry into Police Brutality and related Extra-judicial killings sets to seat in Owerri, the capital of Imo State, civil rights activist, Okechukwu Nwanguma is set to seek justice for the killing of 11 years Somtochukwu Ibeanusi, during the forceful demolition of the Eke Ukwu Market by the Rochas Okorocha administration in 2017.
Somtochukwu Ibeanusi was shot dead by bullet, believed to have come from the gun of law enforcement agents, sent to disperse the Indigenes, who had come out to protest the demolition of the market.
There had been a court injunction stopping the former Govenror from demolishing the market, but he had went along, disobeying the order, and deployed army, police as well as hired thugs on the market.
Okorocha’s attempt to demolish the market, started with the dumping of mounting of refuse in the area, as a way to force the people out of the place with the stench from the refuse.
The former Speaker of the Federal House of Representatives, Rt Hon Emeka Ihedioha, had undertaken the evacuation of that refuse to save the people living in the area from a pandemic outbreak that could spread across the city.
Okorocha would go along with his plan, despite a court order ordering him not to, and unleash armed security men and thugs on the people, during which, young Somtochukwu Ibeanusi was killed.
Okorocha’s media handlers had tried to hide the story as false, but Punch reporter, Chidiebube Okeoma had investigated the matter, and came up with the facts, while pictures and videos of Somtochukwu flooded the social media.
Regrettably, Somtochukwu’s death was to be in vain, as the market and the entire road was abandoned and closer down for almost two years after, until the emergence of Rt Hon Emeka Ihedioha.
Okorocha made a feeble attempt at restitution, but building a hospital there which was abandoned, and naming it after Somtochukwu. No compensation was made to the family, for the killing of their only son.
Okeoma have in a post on his Facebook page, joined forces with Nwanguma to ensure the family of young Somtochukwu Ibeanusi, gets justice.
His post reads:
“I support the moves by Mr Okechukwu Nwanguma to ensure that the family of 11- year- old Somtochukwu Ibeanusi, who was mauled down in 2017, during the forceful demolition of Eke- Ukwu Owerri main market in Owerri, the Imo state capital.
If justice is served to his family, it will justify the risk I and some other journalists took in uncovering the truth, including the threat to me from the then spokesperson of 34 artillery brigade command, OBINZE, Owerri.
Just like that, the life of the 11- year – old boy who wanted to be a Catholic priest was exterminated.
Somto’s blood cries for justice
Mr Okechukwu Nwanguma, I endorse this move”
The move also got a lot of people supporting it, and this could bring to focus, Okorocha’s habit of disregarding court orders, which led to the death of Somtochukwu.