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Innocent Boy Beaten To Death By Police & ESWAMA Agents In Enugu

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April 10, 2014 – Innocent Student Beaten To Death By Enugu Waste Management Officials For Dumping Refuse On Approved Site

A 17-year-old boy has died after being beaten up with sticks by men of the Enugu State Waste Management Agency.

Before his death, the boy, Chidiebere Edeh, lived with his parents at 20 Ifenze Street in the Abakpa area of the state and was sitting for the ongoing Senior School Certificate Examination.

PUNCH Metro learnt that he died at about 3pm on Monday, nine hours after being beaten up by five ESWAMA agents and a police officer.

It was gathered that a scuffle between ESWAMA agents and Chidiebere ensued minutes after the deceased allegedly disposed of a bag of rubbish at one of the approved dumpsites.

Apparently not happy with the manner he discarded the rubbish, residents who live close to the dump site told our correspondent that the ESWAMA agents immediately began to hit him with sticks.

“All attempts by the boy to explain to them that the rubbish was tied into a big black nylon bag, as recommended by ESWAMA, and neatly dumped proved abortive,” said one of the residents.

The resident, Obinna Madukwe, said the ESWAMA men hit the deceased harder when he refused being taken away in a commercial bus.

According to Madukwe, the noise attracted some other people to the scene who continued to plead with them.

He said, “Instead of listening to our pleas, they threatened to arrest us and chased us away.”

Mother of the deceased, Mrs. Catherine Edeh, said she went to the dumpsite having waited endlessly for her son to return home.

Catherine told our correspondent that she pleaded with the ESWAMA agents, adding that they threatened to beat her if she didn’t steer clear.

She said she left to look for money to bail her son, but returned to meet the place deserted.

Catherine said, “A tricycle man brought me back there and we couldn’t find anyone, except for someone who laid by the centre of the road, just inches away from the dumpsite.

“I initially took the person for a mad man and we were about leaving when I noticed blood gushing out from the body, and then something made me to look properly. Lo and behold, it was my son – almost dead.

“He had been beaten to stupor and at that point, the only wise thing to do was to take him to a hospital in Abakpa.

“Had I known, I would have gone to throw away the rubbish myself. It’s just that it was about 6.30am and I was preparing to go to the market and his younger brother was busy.

“He was to return to Ngwo to continue with his SSCE exams and now he is no more.”

Our correspondent visited the hospital – Ogechukwu Hospital – where the doctor on duty disclosed that Chidiebere died from internal bleeding.

The doctor, who pleaded anonymity, said, “He had a damaged brain and suffered deep wounds at his back and the rear of his head. His eyes popped out, the right leg was shifted and swollen.”

When contacted, the Managing Director of ESWAMA, Mr. Don Okonkwo, declined comments.

Other members of staff of the agency also refused commenting, saying they had been warned against talking to the press on the matter.

The state Police Public Relations Officer, Ebere Amaraizu, confirmed the incident.

“Investigations into the incident have commenced to ascertain what actually transpired,” Amaraizu said.

Meanwhile, the International Solidarity for Peace and Human Rights Initiative has demanded justice in the murder of Chidiebere by officials of ESWAMA.

President of the group, Mr. Osmond Ugwu, said the probe should not be cumbersome as those involved were known to ESWAMA management.

He said, “The management knows very well those in charge of Enugu East Local Government Area, while those in Enugu East in turn know who they sent out on duty at such place, date and time.

“If ESWAMA management failed to produce them under the guise that they didn’t know them, it means that members of public are in danger and should be encouraged not to honour any ESWAMA agent.”

Ugwu urged the commissioner of police to prevail on ESWAMA management and police officers assigned to ESWAMA to produce the killers of Chidiebere and prosecute them in accordance with the law.

He insisted that ESWAMA authority should pay the necessary compensation to the family for the loss.
[Reported by Punch Metro]

11 Comments

11 Comments

  1. Adio Ololade

    April 10, 2014 at 4:59 AM

    They are vampires in official uniform
    rips chidiebere

  2. Ikegod

    April 10, 2014 at 5:52 AM

    Hw much compasation wil b compard wit dat boy’s lif? Wat we ned is justice b4 compasation hoo haa.

  3. mina dj

    April 10, 2014 at 6:45 AM

    God pls help us O!Human beings have turned them selves to animals.Shame on them how can 5men beat a small boy to this extent I want to believe some of them are fathers.What goes ard comes ard.Our God is not sleeping.RIP Chidiebere.

  4. Jackson

    April 10, 2014 at 7:47 AM

    I blame the ESWAMA management for emlpoying hoodlums as their workers. Someone living outside Enugu state will think that these ESWAMA agents are highly trained officials, but contrary to that, they are hooligans, igbo smokers and jobless motorpark guys who has no knowledge of the law and are only interested taking money from unsuspecting citizens of the State…. The management of ESWAMA should stop using these nefarious hooligans to enforce the law.. You guys have to see how these people go about enforcing the so called law. They dont have respect for anybody, they dont want to know if you are innocent or not, they will always find one reason or the other to fault you and cosequently ask you to choose between paying a hghly exorbitant fine and following them on their sordid vehicle to their office. And when you ask the police man to intervene in the matter, he will tell you to shot up and do as they says. The government of Enugu state should do something about this matter because it is getting out of hand. Last 2 months, a pregnant woman lost her life and that of her baby in the hands of these Devils, just because she had a contraction and couldnt dispose of her refuse properly. They didnt allow her to explain and one thing led to the other, she lost her life .the commisioner for environment should please do something. And the ESWAMA management should jettison these agents or let them undergo serrious mental and physical training.

  5. JC

    April 10, 2014 at 9:11 AM

    It’s just a pity, i live enugu and this is not just a story, it happened live. ESWAMA staff really need proper training & orientation in order to work effectively. They are just group of uncultured uneducated touts. Really don’t know how this woman will overcome the nightmare of that fateful day, poor woman. By the way what is police confirming? whether they are ESWAMA staff or not? They are ESWAMA staff, human right groups just watch it before the police play prank on you people. Enugu is such a small city and only one ESWAMA office operates here, every of their activities is been monitored from that office. Mr. Nnamani of ESWAMA knows the particular people on patrol on that axis and should produce them.

  6. red

    April 10, 2014 at 12:46 PM

    Rest in peace Chidiebere,Am very,very sorry for your lost the Edeh’s family,I can’t believe that adults with brain that works when it comes to crossing a busy road can stand together as one to melt out such treatment to a boy of 17 years,up to the extend of internal bleeding.haba,what class of wild animals,wild dogs,unbelievable stupidity,what will this garbage do to the people if they are given badges to protect lives,And left this child for death to claim him right there on the road,ignored the mom’s pled and those of the witnesses.I pray this case gets the justices it deserves to all those hands that led to his death.Rest in peace my son.

  7. Metu Nyetu

    April 10, 2014 at 6:36 PM

    Nobdy employs touts like st8 govts. I pray dat dis agitation 4 st8 police wil neva b grantd, cos diz r d kind of ppl they’l litter in their outfit.
    May justice b gvn 2 dis bereavd woman in Jesus’ Name, amen!

  8. amAra

    April 10, 2014 at 10:38 PM

    All dis 1 shey na becos of refuse,God us oooo

  9. chiboy McCoy

    April 11, 2014 at 6:05 PM

    ESWAMA is no longer interested for environmental hygiene but turned to agent of massacre the boko haram of the southeast at enugu state branch who claimed to be agent of government. the enugu state govt is working with uneducated retired rogues who have no iota of knowledge about law and human right so this is the result of employing illitrate individual for public service …POOR You enugu state. may justice takes it’s position in this matter

  10. prince Kelechi

    April 14, 2014 at 3:33 PM

    It is a pity,this world is so wicked
    .they just killed the innocent boy for no reason.may God judge them all.i suggest that this issue should be treat accordingly.No compensation can bring the boy to alive again.Eswama have really disgraced them selves.Even if they are hungry woves,they should have eaten before working and not to descend their hunger to an innocent good looking boy.
    The family of the boy.please you all should take heart,i am very sorry for the painful demise of your beloved son.On behalf of AGN(Actors guild of Nigeria)Nollywood movie Industry Nig. Says you should take heart.God knows why it happenend.Contact: 08135865977 & 08141311445

  11. kingsley

    April 14, 2014 at 3:36 PM

    It is a pity,this world is so wicked
    .they just killed the innocent boy for no reason.may God judge them all.i suggest that this issue should be treat accordingly.No compensation can bring the boy to alive again.Eswama have really disgraced them selves.Even if they are hungry woves,they should have eaten before working and not to descend their hunger to an innocent good looking boy.
    The family of the boy.please you all should take heart,i am very sorry for the painful demise of your beloved son.On behalf of AGN(Actors guild of Nigeria)Nollywood movie Industry Nig. Says you should take heart.God knows why it happenend.Contact: 08135865977 & 08141311445

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