The Reasons For The Unlawful Detention Of Barr. Emeka Ugwuonye (Part 1)

By Ikenga Chronicles December 8, 2018

–Nwafor Ifeanyi

Nigeria is a dangerous country to be a human rights activist. Abuse of power, malfeasance, impunity, bribery, and corruption are few words to describe the total onslaught and persecution against Barr. Emeka Ugwuonye by the Nigerian Police Abuja command.

On the 10th May 2016, Abuja socialite, well-known businesswoman and entertainment producer, Charity Aiyedegbon (Cha-Cha) got missing in Abuja. Barr. Emeka Ugwuonye who was in the U.S at the time, came back to Nigeria and began to work on the case as a human rights lawyer. He vowed to seek Justice for Cha-Cha.

The Reasons For The Unlawful Detention Of Barr. Emeka Ugwuonye (Part 2)

On the 12th of May 2016, school children discovered by accident the dismembered, but headless body of a woman packed in a bag in a remote area of Abuja which is close to Gwarimpa. The matter was reported to a local Police station of the area. The Police took pictures of the dismembered body and probably considered it unnecessary to escalate the matter as there was no head attached to the body.

Barr. Ugwuonye obtained the pictures of the decapitated body from the Gwari Police; he analysed the pictures and deployed his investigative techniques.He surprised the whole world when he announced on his Facebook page on the 26th of June 2016 that the decapitated body belongs to the missing woman–Charity Aiyedegbon (Cha-Cha). He also believed that David Aiyedegbon, the estranged husband of the missing woman played a role in the fate that befell his wife.

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The Police dismissed his theory and had him arrested three times and detained twice because of his investigation on the woman. They demanded his explanations on how he arrived at his conclusion. He explained everything to them. The lawyer representing the missing woman, admitted that he sighted her on the 18th of May, Daniel Obiora, working for David Aiyedegbon believed that Charity was doing shopping somewhere in London. Even the children of the missing woman believed that their mum was still alive. Nobody believed EMEKA but he maintained his position.

The success recorded by Emeka Ugwuonye on his investigation embarrassed the Nigerian Police, Abuja command and presented them as incompetent at best and collusive at worst. Consequently, Ugwuonye was arrested on the 1st of July 2016 and detained by the Abuja Police command and was arraigned on the 9th of July 2016 for concealment and misleading the public. Reacting to his arrest, Ugwuonye berated the Police for being unprofessional and incompetent in handling Cha-Cha’s case. He wondered how the Police could charge him for concealment when the said information (pictures of the dismembered body) he was accused of concealing were obtained from the Police.

Ugwuonye insisted that the Police were more interested in exonerating David Aiyedegbon than being neutral in their investigation to unravel the killers of Cha-Cha. David Aiyedegbon who was accused of having a hand in the death of his wife was never invited for questioning, never arrested and never detained.

Strangely, on the 31st of January 2018, the Nigeria Police Abuja command filed criminal defamation of character against Ugwuonye on behalf of David Aiyedegbon. These are not the conducts of a Police that is fair, neutral and eager to carry out their investigations in a professional manner.

On the 15th of June 2018 when the Police Abuja command paraded two men accused of killing Cha-Cha, Ugwuonye pointed to the fact that the confessions of the men may not have been voluntary because one of the men–Jekwu was paraded with a broken skull as seen by the plaster on his head. He suspected that the suspects may have been tortured. He wondered how this simple observation escaped the journalists that interviewed the men. The Abuja Police Command became enraged and vowed to teach him a bitter lesson.

On Friday 6th of July, 2018, Emeka Ugwuonye was arrested in Abuja, at the order of O.C Legal, James Idachaba, FCT Police Command, Garki. He was unlawfully detained at the infamous SARS detention camp called Abattoir, throughout the weekend. On the 9th of July, he was arraigned for insulting the Police among other laughable charges. The Police did everything to frustrate him from getting bail but he was granted bail but there was a clause where the Magistrate ordered the Police prosecutor to join in the verification of the surety provided by Ugwuonye.

When it was time, the Police prosecutor disappeared and was nowhere to be found. This led to Barr. Emeka Ugwuonye spending one more night at Abattoir and was finally moved to Keffi Prisons where he spent another 10 more days before his lawyers approached the Magistrate again to remove the Police Prosecutor from verifying the surety.


  • Nwafor Ifeanyi is the Director Of Information DPA
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