The Sad Tale Of A Mechanic’s Tragic Death In ‘Eagle Crack’ Police Cell In Nigeria

There exists in southern Nigeria a place called Ikoku in Obio/Akpor Local Government Area of Rivers State.  It is a thriving community of artisans and traders most of whom hail from the eastern part of the country.

Catastrophe struck in this community following the arrest of five and subsequent death of one of them; a mechanic, Mr. Chima Ikwunado under the custody of ‘Eagle Crack’ (E-Crack) Unit of the Mile 1 Police Command, Port Harcourt, Rivers State in December 2019.

This was late Mr. Chima Ikwunado’s shop.

Mr. Chima Ikwunado was a native of Agbaje in Nwangele Local Government Area of Imo state.

Nwangele is a Local Government Area of Imo State, Nigeria with its headquarter in Amaigbo. It has an area of 63 km2 (24 sq mi) and a population of more than 200,000.

Chima was allegedly to have been hung upside-down in a fan hook where he was tortured to death.

He was arrested by the E-Crack Police team for driving against the traffic along Ikwerre Road on the 19th of December 2019.  He was said to have taken a customer’s Toyota Camry for a test-run after repairs.

A section of the busy Ikokwu community in Obio/Akpor Local Government Area of Rivers State.

The Eagle Crack Police

According to a sworn affidavit by the owner of the Toyota Camry, Mr. Chinedu Samuel Ezenwaliri the police said Chima was a “car snatcher and criminal”. 

The police also said he was a cultist, according to reports.

A statement issued by the Rivers State Police Public Relations Officer DSP Nnamdi Omoni says:

“We are aware of the Trending Report on the killing of a Mechanic by Men of the Eagle Crack and the arraignment of 4 Others.

1.         Information at my disposal as relayed to me by the Commander, Eagle Crack, SP Benson Adetuyi, is to the effect that last year they arrested some suspects in connection with a case of Armed robbery and Cultism whereupon they were interrogated and subsequently detained, while continuing with their Investigation.

However, in the course of Investigation, one of the Suspects by Name Chima Ikwunado took ill and died in the Cell.

2. Autopsy Report revealed that he died of High Sugar Level. His remains are still in the Mortuary.

3.         The CP has ordered Investigation into the Matter with a view to unraveling the circumstances of his death and bringing about Justice in the circumstance.

4.         I have addressed the Press on it and appealed to all and sundry to be calm, pending the outcome of our Investigation by the State CID.

Further development will be communicated to you accordingly.

Late Mr. Chima Ikwunado

 Doctor’s explanation

A Doctor, at the University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital (UPTH) who pleaded anonymity spoke with OKB News Online on the condition where excess sugar in the body can kill an individual.

The doctor said: “When it’s very high and uncontrolled, death can result.  Complications from diabetes can kill.”

Responding to a question on the condition where it could lead to death, the doctor said: “anything can kill an individual who has diabetes.  If you want to know the exact cause of the death, you can do an autopsy; whether it’s from the brain, kidney or the heart.  From the autopsy report, they will know if it’s from excess sugar or something else.”

Kevin Ikwunado, father to the late Chima.

Owner of the Toyota Camry

The owner of the Toyota Camry in which Chima was arrested attested in a sworn affidavit that the car belonged to him, and that it was not stolen.

Part of the affidavit reads:

That on the 19th day of December, 2019, I gave my Toyota Camry with registration number, Enugu JRV 29 SX to one Mr. Chima Ikwunado to fix my camber bushing and radiator coat.

That Mr. Chima Ikwunado was my mechanic at Olu Obasanjo Road by Mile 3, Diobu, Port Harcourt.  I had known him for more than two years as a very honest and reliable mechanic, prior to 19th of December 2019.

That it is for record purposes and to put the facts straight that I wish to categorically state that I never reported any case to the Eagle Crack Police team or any police station whatsoever that my car was stolen or missing.

Anthony Ikwunado, elder brother to the late Chima.

Family members

Members of the family lamented that the police did not contact them before carrying out an autopsy on their son, Chima, adding that their son died of “intense torture”.

Anthony Ikwunado, Chima’s elder brother, said his brother died on December 23, 2019. 

Anthony is a mechanic.  He has his workshop on the other side of the road directly opposite to the late Chima’s shop in Ikoku.

He said his brother, who was arrested alongside four others, was tortured to death.  He added that the boys told him how Chima died. 

“They tortured Chima and broke his legs and died in pains. They hung Chima on the air for two hours and went for patrol.  When they came back, they loosed Chima and he fell down helplessly on the floor”, Anthony said.

However, other members of the family confirmed Anthony’s narration of the incident.

Obinna Ezerim, cousin to the late Chima.

Late Chima’s co-shop owners

While interacting with co-shop owners of the late Chima who spoke in anonymity to Okb News Online said that the deceased was a good man.

“He was honest”.  “He was hardworking”.  “He had no problem”.  Those where some of the comments that were made concerning the late Chima Ikwunado.

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