—appeals to President Goodluck Jonathan, Senator David Mark to intervene
From Odogwu Emeka Odogwu, Onitsha
Wife of Chief Bonaventure Mokwe, the Proprietor of Upper Class Hotel, Onitsha demolished Friday by Governor Peter Obi led Government for allegedly discovering of two fresh human heads, Mrs Nkiru Mokwe has raised alarm that the life of her husband is in danger.
Speaking to newsmen, Mrs Mokwe, a lawyer appealed to President Goodluck Jonathan and Senate President, David Mark to intervene and ensure her husband is not killed as they pursue justice.
‘’My husband was arrested and detained at Central Police squad Onitsha and when the commissioner of police was petitioned he was moved to Special Anti-Robbery Squad, Awkuzu. My husband is being detained in a very de-humanizing condition at SARS Awkuzu, and the police have denied him access to his lawyer and relations.
‘’My husband’s hotel at No 8 Old Market Road Onitsha which he inherited from his father Chief G.C Mokwe have been demolished.
She alleged also that the government threatened to demolish his plaza at Ose-Okwodu and oter properties belonging to him and his family and confiscate all his assets. She appealed for intervention of the Presidency and Senate to the jungle justice against her husband without hearing from him.
She raised alarm that her husband was set up and the police invaded her husband’s hotel to effect his arrest claiming that they acted on a tip off.
She wondered why the police formation in Anambra state was not reported about the matter until police from IG’s office came down to Anambra based on a petition written on 2nd July, 2013 to effect arrest on 1st August,2013.
She claimed to be conversant with the facts of the matter that brought about what she described as trumped up charges against her husband in order distract people from the main issues of contention.
She said her husband deals on estate and there were lots of conflicts and skirmishes over ownership of lands between him and some persons which led to the shooting of her husband on 9th March, 2009.
Mrs Mokwe informed that about four of the disputes are pending in court and wondered why the masterminds of her husband wrote a petition to the Inspector General of Police alleging that her husband stores human heads and arms in his hotel.
She further alleged that the masterminds of her husband’s arrest got approval of their petition and arranged and smuggled in two rusty objects which the police claimed were human skulls and arms in one of the commercial rooms in the hotel on or before the arrival of the police.
She prayed that her husband be charged to court or granted bail as they have threatened to kill him.
Also speaking, Dr M.N Umenweke , lawyer to Chief Bonaventure Mokwe raised some issues begging for questions.
Umenweke demanded to know who made the complaint to the police and why should government demolish the only evidence against Mokwe which is the hotel where the human heads were allegedly found.
‘’these were two old rusty human skulls planted in the hotel and there was no trial and the next thing was an executive sentence. The skulls could have been obtained in any burial ground, lab or mortuary or even Teaching hospitals where students use them for practical.
‘’The Executive/Police arrested Bonaventure on 1/8/2013, tried him on same day and passed judgment on the same day, executed the judgment the same day and the next day against the principles of separation of powers in a democracy.
‘’ The state was in a hurry to demolish the houses of Bonaventure and the state has no right to confiscate the assets of Bonaventure without trial.. ..
‘’This is a hotel with so many commercial rooms. Bonaventure only used one as an office. It was supposedly found in one of the commercial rooms. And IG was petitioned on 2/7/13 which led to this invasion and the question is why should who saw human head/skull wait until 1/8/13 when the petition was approved to invade the hotel yet the state police was not reported to about the matter………
‘’Why was the evidence destroyed with such haste?’’