Thursday, 27 February 2014
Lota Ezeudu Case: SaharaReporters Obtains Copies Of Fraudulent Statements By Police and Prison Officers
SaharaReporters has just obtained copies of two fraudulent letters signed and issued by a top police officer in Funtua, Katsina State, and a medical doctor employed by the Enugu Prisons to help a major suspect in the kidnap of Lotachukwu Ezeudu to escape justice.
The suspect, Uche Moses Amajor, has been identified as a major player in the kidnap of Lota Ezeudu on September 26, 2009. The kidnap victim has not been seen since.
After the kidnap, Uche Moses Amajor went underground for more than a year and a half, eluding police investigators and prosecutors who sought him as a suspect in the case. Our sources within the police and the Ministry of Justice in Enugu said they believed that the suspect was shielded during his run by his father, a Kaduna-based hotelier named Charles Ifeanyi Amajor, owner of Prosper Hotel in Enugu. In fact, the hotelier and his wife accompanied by their lawyers finally surrendered their son a few months ago after SaharaReporters reported that prosecutors were planning to arrest Mr. Charles Amajor as an accomplice in his son’s crimes.
After handing his son over to the police, Mr. Charles Amajor then went on a rampage to bribe police and prison officials in order to secure his son’s release. He obtained a fraudulent letter (see a copy below) from Mahmud Isah, the area commander of the Nigerian police in Funtua, stating that Uche Moses Amajor had come to the Funtua police station on September 25, 2009 to report that he had been robbed at gunpoint. But prosecutors in Enugu had gathered more than enough evidence of Uche Amajor’s participation In Lota Ezeudu’s kidnap to expose the falsity of the document issued by Mr. Isah.
More recently, the hotelier bribed Dr. Chike Okoli of the Enugu Prisons Department to fabricate a report stating that Uche Amajor is infected with hepatitis and should be released to seek treatment outside of prison (see copy of the report). Two prison officials who are colleagues of Dr. Okoli told Saharareporters that his action should earn him a sack from his job.
SaharaReporters continues to follow the case.