Two years after, Septuagenarian begs police to release corpse of murdered son


The victim was killed by his friend in 2012.

Andrew Ogazi, a 76-year-old security guard in Umuahia, on Friday appealed to the Abia Police Command to release the corpse of his son, Ugochukwu Ekwuruke, for burial.

The 37-year-old Ekwuruke was allegedly murdered in cold blood by his friend, one Tochukwu Azuonye, on October 10, 2012.

Mr. Ekwuruke reportedly bled to death when Mr. Azuonye allegedly stabbed him in the hand with a beer bottle in a bar at Itaja-Amaegbu Olokoro in Umuahia South Local Government Area of the state.

Mr. Ogazi told journalists that trouble started when Mr. Azuonye approached the deceased at the bar and requested for a bottle of drink from him or the payment of the N200 debt he (deceased) owed him.

According to him, the suspect allegedly attacked the deceased with a bottle before fleeing the scene, leaving him to bleed to death.

Mr. Azuonye has been in prison custody in Umuahia since 2012.

Meanwhile, Mr. Ogazi, who works as a guard in a government agency in Umuahia, said that the case, instituted in an Umuahia High Court by the police, “has lingered for too long”.

He explained that his family had been in court over the matter more than 18 times “without an end in sight”.

He urged the police to withdraw the case “without further delay” so that he could take the remains of his son for burial.

“I am no longer interested in the case; Police should end the case so that I will go and bury my son.

“The more he stays in the mortuary, the more I continue to mourn his death,” the septuagenarian said.

He said that he had left everything to God “for justice”.

He said: “My other worry is the mortuary bill which is piling up.

“For more than one year now, the mortuary bill has continued to increase and it will be difficult for me to pay it.

“I am a security guard and my monthly pay is meagre to pay the bill.”

He, therefore, appealed to the Police and government to help him by releasing the corpse for burial.


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