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 Arrest of suspended traditional ruler: I was not involved – Enugu lawyer

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By Hilary Akalugwu

Nsukka (Enugu State) Oct 11, 2021(NAN) Mr Nnamdi Ezemagu, an Enugu-based Lawyer, says he was not involved in the police arrest of Chief Christopher Okwor, the suspended Traditional Ruler of Ihekwuenu community in Aku, Igboetiti Local Government Area of Enugu State.

Ezemagu, who is from the same community with Okwor, while speaking with newsmen in Nsukka on Monday, on the recent arrest of the traditional ruler, said the report of his purported involvement in a section of the media was untrue.

He said the clarification became  necessary following the allegation by Mrs. Martina Okwor, the wife of the suspended traditional ruler that he led the police to their house to arrest her husband.

“Mrs. Okwor in the interview with a section of the media on October 9, alleged that I led some police officers to their residence in Obeachara Nsukka to arrest her husband on October 7 around 10 pm.

“The allegation is baseless, false and unfounded because I was in Port Hacourt, the capital of Rivers State to attend the case of one of my clients in court.

“I wonder if I have the power of bilocation to be in Port Harcourt and at the same time still be in Nsukka on the same October 7, ” he said.

The lawyer expressed concern that reporters who interviewed Mrs. Okwor did not care to contact him to get his reaction to  such a weighty allegation.

“I was not given fair hearing by reporters that interviewed Mrs. Okwor and published that news story.

“I know the ethics of journalism demands the balancing of news report by giving the accused the opportunity of fair hearing,” he said.

Ezemagu urged media houses that published the  story without getting his reaction to  retract it, failing which he threatened to seek redress in court.

Meanwhile, the traditional ruler is hospitalized in an undisclosed hospital barely 24 hours after he was released from detention by police officers  from Force Headquarters, Abuja.

The traditional ruler’s daughter, Miss Kenechukwu Okwor told journalists in Enugu on Monday that her father was allegedly denied access to his medication and family doctor while in detention.

Kenechukwu accused the lawyer of inviting the police to arrest her father through a petition to the Force headquarters alleging cultism and kidnapping against the traditional ruler.

Recall that in September, some persons suspected to be hired thugs demolished a  two-bedroom apartment newly built for Mr Anibueze Nnadi, a visually impaired old man by a philanthropist in Ihekwuenu  community.

The traditional ruler of the Community,  Igwe Christopher Okwor, was accused of being responsible for the demolition, which made the Enugu State Government to suspend him to ensure a smooth investigation of the matter

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