BY PRINCELY ONYENWE,IMO
A young widow in Imo State, Mrs. Juliet Chidinma Chigbu has rained curses on soldiers who shot and killed her husband, Mr. Noel Chigbu.
She declared that the killier-soldiers would see nothing good again in the remaining part of their lives.
Mrs. Chigbu, who is four-months pregnant said in an interview;”I want justice for my husband. I want the killers to be identified, prosecuted and punished according to the law. I do not want them to go free.
“I will never give up on my husband’s death. The blood of my husband will continue to haunt them and the soldiers, who caused me this life pain, will never see anything good in life”.
The grief-stricken woman relieved how the bombshell of her husband’s forced exit from earth was broken to her.
Hear her; “My husband had just taken delivery of his new car, a Camry and returned home to show us.
“He went back to his shop, where he used to sell shawarma at the Shawarma zone at Akwakuma. I waited for him till 10pm, but he didn’t return home. I became worried and I called constantly but nobody picked up his calls. I got worried that night.
“Then I called his brother, Chika, to help call my husband; we all called him yet no one picked his calls till the next day.
“Around 5.30pm someone picked and said we should come to state police command headquarters in Owerri. I asked the person if my husband was okay.
“The person said we should come over first. So, I informed my brothers-in-law and they went over there.
“When they got there, the next thing they told me was that they would get to me later. Around 7.30pm, my brother-in-law, Tobechi, came to my house and broke the sad news to me”
The distraught 30-year-old widow said the most painful was the soldiers claiming they killed her hubby for violating a non-existent military checkpoint rule.
She said; “The police said the soldiers, who killed him, said that he violated military checkpoint rule. I asked what kind of stupid narrative was that. Killing my husband for allegedly violating a non-existent checkpoint rule is unfair.
“He was shot dead the day he took delivery of his new car, a Camry. He didn’t steal. He was only driving home after the close of work. My brother-in-law told me that the Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of operations in Imo State said the soldiers admitted in a statement that they killed him for violating their checkpoint rule.
Noel would have been 39 on May 18, but unfortunately, he was shot dead on the day he took delivery of his new vehicle and a few hours after coming home to show it to me and the kids.
“His corpse was dumped at the Federal Medical Centre, Owerri, by the soldiers who killed him.”
Thirty-nine-year-old Mr. Chigbu was shot dead on April 30 at the flyover in Amakohia in Owerri at about 10:00pm by soldiers who claimed he broke their checkpoint rule.
The soldier after killing him dumped his corpse at the Federal Medical Centre Owerri and towed his car to the police station.
Mrs. Chigbu said she has had to lie to her two children that their daddy travelled and would soon return.
The remains of slain Mr. Chigbu is yet to be interred. But will the family get justice? Will his killers be unraveled and brought to book? Not in Nigeria, where human life is worthless.
Meanwhile, his wife had maintained that her husband was shot by soldiers, who deposited his corpse at the FMC Owerri, according to the police and the mortuary attendant.”
9News Nigeria (Owerri)
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