Do I say welcome to Nigeria where things happen for no reason; where
bombs explode and instead of finding the culprits, politicians go
about rallying for the next election?
Welcome to the country where a man can be shot and no one will be held
responsible for that; the same country where millions of Naira will
disappear in a government office and no one will be responsible.
This is just Nigeria, a country where the citizens fear for their
lives; a country where security votes is used to protect politicians
and police officers fearing for their lives with counted bullets are
sent out to watch over the masses.
There are so many things that could be used to introduce Nigeria not
because nothing good is happening here, but because our leaders are
busy singing their praises even things are going wrong in their
So many things have been said since Emmanuel Tochukwu Unegbu [Prince
Noe] died on February 4th, 2014 and one thing that has never been said
is why he was killed.
Prince Noel as he was fondly called was a United State of America
based show promoter who dedicated his life to discovering raw talents
and doing the best he could to see that the light of fame shines on
He had returned in January to conclude arrangement for the second
edition of his talent hunt show, Imo Got Talent an event which was
billed to hold on March 8, 2014 and unfortunately he was buried two
days before that day.
With the alleged killers rumoured to have left a trail which the
police followed, they were apprehended just about 10 days after the
young man was killed in hotel room at Rapour Hotels Owerri, the same
place ace Nollywood actor, Sam Loco Efe died years back.
It was a sad event for the hotel to provide venue for the deaths of
two celebrities, yet I would rather say unfortunate, because no
hotelier would ever go for such options.
On February 18, 2014, just 14 days after his death, Imo State Police
Command paraded the alleged killers who are both students of Alvan
Ikoku Federal College of Education Owerri and so many questions have
been asked after that. How did they get in his room, and why did they
kill Prince Noel?
For how they got in, Eze Charles Nnamdi and Maduabuchi Augustine, who
are 22 and 20 years old respectively were said to have come back to
the hotel with Prince Noel, which means the hotel security would never
be blamed on their entrance to the hotel. This is against the reports
and notions that the killers had stormed the hotel on their own that
morning before shooting the young man.
For why he was killed, this is a question for Imo State Police
Commissioner, Abdulmajid Ali who said the motive of the killing was
sensitive at the time the killers were paraded on February 18, 2014.
That was why he never made it public.
Look at how the police are wonderful in this country; it took them
less than 12 days to catch the alleged killers, but it is taking them
more than a month to say why Prince Noel was gruesomely murdered. It
is also taking them the same amount of time to take the culprits to
No one knows if the culprits are even dead or alive as nothing has
been said about them since then.
Recently, a reliable source has it the young men has denied killing
Prince Noel and if this is true, why would the same police who got the
previous sensitive confession be talking about another confession.
What was the first sensitive confession?
If the culprits really left a trail, how did the trail get to the same
hotel room the deceased was staying the night he was murdered and does
that mean no staff of Rapour Hotels could identify two people who came
in with their guest less 5 hours before he was shot in the hotel.
Who is lying and who is playing games? Does that mean someone
somewhere really has interest in the alleged killers and who could
Eze Charles Nnamdi and Maduabuchi Augustine are the only lead to the
killers of the Imo Got Talent boss and the Police commissioner owe the
public explanation to why he was killed.
This is a call to the governor of Imo State, Owelle Rochas Okorocha to
step up and see that justice prevails in this matter.
Sir Jude Ejiogu, the Chief of Staff, Government House, Imo State whom
the deceased was said to have good rapour with, should also see that
his late friend receives justice.
I don’t want to talk about Imo Got Talent because it seems the only
talent needed in the state is to see that certain politicians get
their place in various political offices come 2015.
Imo Got Talent could still be a tribute event to the late show
promoter, it could still hold if all politicians and friends of the
deceased who promised to sponsor the event can step up to it.
If ‘Rest in Peace’ comes in dozes, Emmanuel Tochukwu Unegbu [Prince
Noel], would be suffering from its overdose; but what is peace when
the killers are still out there feeding well? What is peace when the
Police might end up making a statement that will contradict what has
already been said when the killers were paraded?
This is simply a question for the Imo State Police Commissioner, Mr
Abdulmajid Ali, Why did they kill Prince Noel?
Chinedu Hardy Nwadike, writes from Owerri, Imo State.