Kidnap Case Latest: Enugu High Court Issues Arrest Warrant for DPO Sam Chukwu

Wanted: DPO Sam Chukwu
Sam Chukwu in uniform
By SaharaReporters, New York

An Enugu High Court has issued a warrant for the arrest of Divisional Police Officer (DPO) Sam Chukwu in connection with the 2009 kidnap of Lotachukwu (Lota) Ezeudu.

SaharaReporters has obtained the arrest warrant which was issued in February after Mr. Chukwu failed to appear in court voluntarily.

Mr. Lota Ezeudu was a 19-year-old accountancy student at the University of Nigeria, Enugu campus, when he was kidnapped on September 26, 2009. Despite his family’s payment of a ransom to the kidnappers, he has not been seen or heard from since.

Investigators have arrested several suspects, including Nnaemeka Chukwu, the DPO’s son who was a secondary school classmate of the kidnap victim. Other suspects include Ernest Okeke, a former police officer who was sacked and charged for involvement in armed robbery, Moses Uche Amajor, whose father owns Prosper Hotel in Trans-Ekulu area of Enugu, and Anthony Damachi, a taxi driver.

Investigators as well as prosecutors believe that the fugitive DPO was the mastermind of a kidnap ring that snatched Lota Ezeudu. A source told SaharaReporters that Mr. Chukwu, who spent close to 17 years in Enugu without transfer, ran a criminal enterprise that included kidnappings, armed robbery, assassinations-for-hire, and the rigging of election for several top politicians in the state.

The fleeing DPO will face several charges, including kidnap and murder, once he is arrested.

A source at the Enugu State police command told SaharaReporters that he was hopeful that the new Inspector-General of Police Abubakar would approve an extensive search to fish out Mr. Chukwu from his hiding place. The source also expressed disappointment that former IG Hafiz Ringim decided not to take any action to find the DPO. He added that Mr. Ringim’s inaction led many officers and residents of Enugu to believe the former IG benefited from the wealth that Mr. Chukwu accumulated through criminal activities.

A source close to the Ezeudu family disclosed that some friends of the family were seeking collecting donations in order to make huge billboards with Sam Chukwu’s photographs asking the public to come forward with any information on the hiding suspect. The source also said the committee of friends also plans to publish the “wanted” postures in several Nigerian newspapers.

A source with the Enugu police command told SaharaReporters that he had received unconfirmed reports that Sam Chukwu was sighted in Enugu as well as Abuja in the last year. “I think once oga IG orders a major search, the man will be smoked out from hiding very soon.”

In addition to Sam Chukwu, another suspect named Desmond Chinwuba remains at large. Both Chukwu and Chinwuba hail from the same town, Oduma in Aninri local government area of Enugu State. Like Ernest Okeke, Desmond Chinwuba was also fired from the police and was undergoing trial for armed robbery at the time they reportedly plotted and carried out the kidnap of Lota Ezeudu. Prior to Lota Ezeudu’s kidnap, both Desmond Chinwuba and Ernest Okeke resided in DPO Chukwu’s home and the DPO’s son used to introduce them to friends as his father’s personal assistants.

An investigator told SaharaReporters that he believes the former DPO knows where Desmond is hiding. “If Sam Chukwu knows that he is innocent, he should not be hiding from the court,” the source said.

In a related development, the trial judge in the kidnap case recently dismissed an application for bail made by Moses Uche Amajor, one of the major suspects. Moses Amajor was arrested last April after hiding for a year and a half.

Police sources told us that they knew that Amajor’s father, Charles Amajor, the proprietor of Prosper Hotel and a Kaduna-based businessman, kept his son in hiding even though he lied to investigators that he was unaware of his son’s whereabouts.

Since Moses Amajor was detained, his father has made several attempts to use his wealth to spring his son into freedom. In one move, Mr. Charles Amajor bribed Mahmud Isah, the area commander of the Funtua police, to obtain a fraudulent police report designed to provide Moses Amajor with an alibi. Mr. Isah’s document claimed that Moses Amajor had been at the Funtua police station on September 25, 2009 (a day before Lota Ezeudu’s kidnap) to report that he was a victim of an armed robbery attack.

A police source in Enugu told SaharaReporters that Isah’s report was “a categorical lie,” adding that the investigators and prosecutors have overwhelming evidence implicating Moses Amajor as a direct participant in the kidnap of Lota Ezeudu. The source said he hopes IG Abubakar would fire Isah from the police as well as order his arrest and prosecution along with Charles Amajor, the suspect’s father, who arranged a fraudulent document aimed at causing a miscarriage of justice.

After failing to establish alibi for his son, the hotelier then obtained a questionable medical report from one Dr. Okoli of the Enugu Prisons to the effect that Moses Uche Amajor was infected with hepatitis C and should be released to seek medical treatment. Two sources within Enugu Prison condemned the false medical report. They disclosed that the doctor was notorious for trying to write false diagnoses in order to help suspects in serious crimes to be released on bail.

A source in the Enugu State Ministry of Justice told SaharaReporters that he strongly agrees that Mr. Charles Amajor as well as Mahmud Isah and the prison doctor ought to be investigated and possibly tried to act as a deterrent to those who try to use their wealth or official positions to subvert the course of justice.

The trial of the suspects in the kidnap of Lota Ezeudu is scheduled to resume on March 26 at an Enugu High Court.
 

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hmmmmmm!

Anyway I hear say Sam Chukwu na Lawyer, im wife Linda Chukwu na Lawyer, im son Nnaemeka Chukwu dey read law for Nnamdi Azikiwe University Awka. A family of criminal lawyers. Even before Lota's case, Sam dey Enugu Urban almost 17 years, no transfer all those years, na from one crime to the other and no one talk sef. A beg who dey head Bar for Enugu?? Chief Judge of federation take note, standards don fall well well. This na sample case, people wey dey like Sam for court na berekete. Former CPs of Enugu why una no transfer Sam Chukwu for 17 years?? New I.G. as you dey do reform, follow me ask the same question oh! May God save Nigeria shaa!

hmmmmmm!

Anyway I hear say Sam Chukwu na Lawyer, im wife Linda Chukwu na Lawyer, im son Nnaemeka Chukwu dey read law for Nnamdi Azikiwe University Awka. A family of criminal lawyers. Even before Lota's case, Sam dey Enugu Urban almost 17 years, no transfer all those years, na from one crime to the other and no one talk sef. A beg who dey head Bar for Enugu?? Chief Judge of federation take note, standards don fall well well. This na sample case, people wey dey like Sam for court na berekete. Former CPs of Enugu why una no transfer Sam Chukwu for 17 years?? New I.G. as you dey do reform, follow me ask the same question oh! May God save Nigeria shaa!

hmmmmmm!

Anyway I hear say Sam Chukwu na Lawyer, im wife Linda Chukwu na Lawyer, im son Nnaemeka Chukwu dey read law for Nnamdi Azikiwe University Awka. A family of criminal lawyers. Even before Lota's case, Sam dey Enugu Urban almost 17 years, no transfer all those years, na from one crime to the other and no one talk sef. A beg who dey head Bar for Enugu?? Chief Judge of federation take note, standards don fall well well. This na sample case, people wey dey like Sam for court na berekete. Former CPs of Enugu why una no transfer Sam Chukwu for 17 years?? New I.G. as you dey do reform, follow me ask the same question oh! May God save Nigeria shaa!

Re: nigeria

are you blind or are you just jumping to conclusions? those look like bottles of water not booze

nigeria

you can tell the kind of police this man is, a higher ranked officer on table decorated with liquor with his nigeria's police uniform, am ashamed.

RE: IGBO PEOPLE

Anonymous, your assertion is totally out of context. You'd better focus your comments on the case and not along ethnic or religious lines.

Your comments should be constructive, Ok.

Tow the line of bringing the culprits to justice.

OTILE CRIME IS CRIME

IT DOES NOT MATTER WHERE OR HOW, CRIME IS CRIME. THE WHOLE OF NIGERIA IS HAVING THE SAME PROBLEM. THERE THOSE EDUCATED WITHOUT A CERTIFICATE IN THE NORTH AND THERE ARE EDUCATED CERTIFICATE FORGERS IN THE SOUTH, GOOD EXAMPLE JONATHAN. THERE ARE SOPHISTICATED CRIMINALS IN THE SOUTH AND THERE ARE DAGGER- WIELDING, GUN-TOTTING, BOMB-PLANTING CRIMINALS IN THE NORTH. WE HAVE EQUAL SHARE OF ALMAJIRIS, BUT WHILE THOSE IN THE NORTH BEG IN THE STREETS, THEIR SOUTHERN COUNTERPARTS ARE KIDNAPPERS AND YAHOO BOYS. BEHEADING POISONING OR SHOOTING WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE.

this police force!! i detes u

This is another case of police .We all no they are evil designers and effectuators. they protect the political class and rig eection for them and in reward they can extort any nigerian even the robery that is said to be organized by this DPO is small compare to what his coleague does cause the robbers this DPO sends come at night or apear boldly as rubbers giving you the thought to be at alert but the rubbers other DPO sends rub on our rads in broad day light and kill their victim if N20 bribe is not given and they wil tell you that they wil kil you and nothing will happen. this Dporuns a kidnap ring openly but other DPO's kidnap nigerians in latrge no an keep them in costdy with out charges and when the do fais to prosecute the case there by incaserating their victims.this DPO rigs election only but othet DPO's even kills & brutalizes nigerians when they protest that those they rig into power is making life ubearable for them. thi

the police thatis evil

for me this DPO is a saint compare to s DPO is afraid of his deeds and is on the run but other dpos are still in their office waiting for returns from their looter (boys).his coleague who is still standing bold in thier position killing, extorting, maiming, framing and detroying the country for us but i tahank God who judges them in his on way. the taste death always

Adieu Lota

"Mr. Lota Ezeudu was a 19-year-old accountancy student at the University of Nigeria, Enugu campus, when he was kidnapped on September 26, 2009. Despite his family’s payment of a ransom to the kidnappers, he has not been seen or heard from since."

Yes and he has never been seen or heard from since, so we are left with no other assumption but that he has been killed.

In Nigeria there are no legal limitations that a body must be seen and there is an established case of kidnapping in this issue.

This case has dragged on for so long, just like Al Mustapha's. So when is it gonna end?

THIS IS NOT AN AVENUE FOR YOUR WAZZUB

I DON'T KNOW WHY SAHARAREPORTERS ALWAYS ALLOW THESE STUPID PEOPLE TO ADVERTISE THEIR WAZZUB IN HERE.SOME NIGERIANS ALWAYS TAKE ISSUES TO ABNORMALITY.YOU SHOULD BE SUSPENDED NEVER TO HAVE ARTICLE IN HERE.IT IS SO ANNOYING !!.PLEASE SR TRY TO SCREEN SOME OF THESE COMMENTS BEFORE PUBLISHING THEM.

HE MAY HAVE DIED AFTER THE RANSOM WAS PAID.

I have a feeling the boy is no longer alive, sometimes these kidnappers make silly mistakes, the boy must have died in their hands and yet they still collected the ransom and refused to release the boy. That would be very painful

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The truth shall come to

The truth shall come to light!these are the type of people behind the scenes causing mayhem in niaja today!these are the master mind types used today by top politicians to execute their agendas to break up the country. Rotten bunch!the bokos behind the scene!

Southerners!!!

Armed robbery,kidnapping,prostitution,419,women trafficking, nudity= SOUTHERNERS!!! Shegu Animals!

Igbo people

Igbo people are too greedy for money. They can do anything to get money at all cost. arm-robber, kidnapping and killings.

True Boko haram

this is kind of funny that no one mentioned boko haram. i think they are all Boko Haram. as far as i am concerned. i am not supprised that the DPO of such and area is into such thing. as for me i think all the igbo police along that axis are the same. all of them should be arrested and tried. this is the result of The major recruitment in the police force by OBJ. and majority of the igbo police are kidnappers rapists and armed robbers. i have also been a victim. God help us.

Whenever I condemn the

Whenever I condemn the beheading and associated killings in the North I usually get an earful from commentators. Some accuse me of bias; others take offence accusing me of being negative about it. But I don’t know how to be positive about beheading, rape, amputation and allied evils. Well, I will try to be positive as much as I can. Henceforth I will be saying that beheading is good as long as the Northerners kill themselves. I will even pray that Baal give more strength to Northern youths to wipe out whole communities in the North. I will say that corrupt practices are good for the North. Bombing is ingenuity in Northern Nigeria, may it continue there. All say Amen. I am being positive, and I hope everybody is happy now.

Whenever I condemn the

Whenever I condemn the beheading and associated killings in the North I usually get an earful from commentators. Some accuse me of bias; others take offence accusing me of being negative about it. But I don’t know how to be positive about beheading, rape, amputation and allied evils. Well, I will try to be positive as much as I can. Henceforth I will be saying that beheading is good as long as the Northerners kill themselves. I will even pray that Baal give more strength to Northern youths to wipe out some whole communities in the North. I will say that corrupt practices are good for the North. Bombing is ingenuity in Northern Nigeria, may it continue there. All say Amen. I am being positive, and I hope everybody is happy now.

Kidnap case..

I will like to use the opportunity offered by this website to thank the proprietor and staff of Saharareporters once again for their steadfastness on the Lotachukwu Ezendu case. With such persistence DPO Sam Chukwu will surely face justice. Well done!

thanks to saharah reporter

i am using this opportunity to that the entire staff of Sahara reporter for the great job they are doing , giving us a forum were we can comment and suggest solutions to the problem we are facing here in Nigeria youth in this forum should not use it as mean of antagonizing each other and unleashing ethnic tribalistic sentiment but to give constructive argument and ideas that will develop our society for good .
i suggest every state in Nigeria each should create a social network were people can give advice to leaders and report issues that is affecting each of our state and expose corrupt government official and also report criminal suspect to the authorities .

Money is the cause of all evil

We need to stand and say no to all this there is serious need for reform in the Nigeria Police and every other segment of government.
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DPOs are the key to crime in the east

This is not a new thing at all for those who come from the East. Almost the DPOs in the east has to lobby their way to be posted in the East. For example the DPO posted in Anambra area Ogidi just to mention one has been benefiting in all the crime including kidnapping etc. So all the people from the east should really look into the activities of thier DPO when a crime is commited in their area.

DPO INVOLVED IN KIDNAPPING?

IF THE DPO IS INVOLVED HE SHOULD BE ARRESTED INDEED.
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Re: naija don finish

You will die an unpleasaant death with the knowledge that northerners are ahead of you and there is nothing you can do about. Those hated and maligned are the most prosperous.

Na wa ooo

A DPO for that matter. Nigeria is finished. It is a shame that almost all the Dpo in Nigeria police force are similar to this DPO,it is the money extortion that they do to motorists that has developed to this level . A country where you can't trust anyone.

I hope †ђξ new police boss get Sam chukwu...

DPO sam chukwu must be arrested and face †ђξ law, no stories. I hope police IG do something about this guy. He shouldn't be allowed to escape from his crimes. SR thanks for taking a keen interest on this case and for bringing it to public hearing.

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Arrest of a DPO?

It is amazing if DPO was involved in a kidnapping case.
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Why delay d order for a major search?

If the former I.G ringim treated this case with kid gloves,what is d present I.G waiting for before issuing a major search order? Or is he probably involved just as ringim is suspected to be. God save us in this country! However,here's sth very interesting: Do you know that online companies like facebook & google make billions of dollars quarterly just through online adverts? Last year google made a huge profit of $36.5billion through online adverts.Now a new search engine/social networking site is offering a free pre-launch promo.Unlike google & facebook,this company is set to share 50% of its profits from online adverts with all who sign up/verify as members & invite more than 3 other people to do same before 9th April 2012(their official launch date).To sign up visit: www.signup.wazzub.info/?lrRef=207a3abe. Check your e-mail for d verification mail,click on d verification link to verify & start inviting others.

naija don finish

Police?! Sounds more like gangsters. Sam is definiately hiding and rendering his services to boko up north. Go and check ringim's house.

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