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Family of husband and sister-in-law illegally detained by the Nigerian police for the death of a woman scream for justice

Jude and his sister-in-law, Happiness Efifie were arrested in Lagos by agents of the Criminal Force’s Department of Investigation and Intelligence (FCIID).

A SaharaReporters report showed that family members of a certain Jude Osuhor shouted at law enforcement for the arrest and illegal detention of his son accused of killing his wife.

Jude and his sister-in-law, Happiness Efifie were arrested in Lagos by agents of the Force Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department (FCIID) on October 2, 2021, following a murder charge brought against them by his late wife’s younger sister, Loveth. . Effectiveness.

The duo were reportedly transferred from Lagos to Abuja on October 4, 2021, where they were granted bail after police investigations failed to reveal a concrete reason for their continued detention.

It was gathered that Judge IE Ekwo of the Abuja Federal High Court, on November 5, 2021, in cases nos. FHC / ABJ / CS / 1289/2021 and FHC / ABJ / CS / 1290/2021 have ordered the release of Jude Osuhor and Happiness Efifie from FCIID detention.

But after their return to Lagos following bail, the duo were said to have been invited by Abuja police who paid for one-way Air Peace tickets for “a chat” with FCIID’s DIG Joseph Egbunike on 15 October.

They have reportedly remained in police custody ever since.

Jude’s wife, 35, was reported to have died, according to an autopsy performed on her, from complications she developed from the miscarriage of an eight-week pregnancy.

A medical report issued by Dr. Oyetunde Oyeyinka revealed that Vivian suffered from fibrous menorrhagia, septicemia and diabetic ketoacidosis which resulted in complications that ultimately took her life.

But despite the medical report, Vivian’s immediate sister, Loveth Efifie, who was dissatisfied with the report, insisted that Jude was responsible for her sister’s death.

Meanwhile, Loveth’s petition had prevented the burial of the deceased mother of two, initially scheduled for October 7 in Delta state, by both her family in Agulu, Anambra state, and her in-laws in Umunede, state of. Delta.

The Osuhors then instructed the police to obey court orders by releasing the two people in their custody.

They complained bitterly, in a statement released Thursday, of the prolonged and illegitimate detention of the two, wondering why the police who aim to promote and protect the fundamental rights of citizens, abuse them in violation of court orders.

The statement read, “An 80-year-old widow, Ms. Bridget Osuhor of Umunede, Delta State, shouted at the Inspector General of Police, Usman Alkali, the Nigerian Police Force, DIG Joseph Egbunike, Deputy Inspector General of Police, Criminal Investigation Department of the force (FCID), Abuja, and the Federation Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, to use their good offices to secure the release of their imprisoned son, Mr. Jude Osuhor, and his sister-in-law, Miss Happiness Efifie, from police custody as indicated by Judge IE Ekwo of the Federal High Court, Abuja on November 5, 2021, in cases no. FHC / ABJ / CS / 1289/2021 and FHC / ABJ / CS / 1290/2021.

“Jude Osuhor and Happiness Efifie were arrested in Lagos on October 2, 2021, by members of the Nigerian police force of the Abuja FCID, on a fabricated charge of the” murder “of Jude’s 35-year-old wife, Ms. Vivian Osuhor (née Efifie), at the instigation of the deceased’s younger sister, Loveth Efifie, despite a medical report and death certificate issued by Dr. Oyetunde Oyeyinka of the specialist clinics of the healing camp, Ajao Estate, Lagos, stating that Vivian is died of fibroid menorrhagia, Septicemia and diabetic ketoacidosis on September 14, following the complications of miscarriage of her 8-week pregnancy. Happiness, the immediate younger sister of the deceased, had lived for years with her deceased sister and her husband (Jude) in their home in Lagos ”.

has continued, “Upon arrest in Lagos, Jude and Happiness were transferred from Lagos to Abuja on 4 October and were initially released on bail on 5 October as police investigations revealed no reasonable reason for their continued detention.

“After their return to Lagos following bail, they were again invited by the police to Abuja who paid for their one-way Air Peace tickets for ‘a chat’ with FCIID’s DIG Joseph Egbunike on 15 October and remained in custody. police since then, despite an autopsy revealing that Vivian was not killed by her husband or immediate younger sister, another round of police investigation revealed nothing new about the allegations and two Federal High Court orders obtained by the their attorney, JS Okutepa SAN, for their immediate publication.

Loveth’s frivolous petition prevented the burial of the deceased mother of two, initially scheduled for October 7 in Delta state by both her family in Agulu, Anambra state and her in-laws in Umunede, Delta state, and forcing his body to be taken from Lagos to Abuja for an autopsy.

“The initial conclusion and advice from the police investigation team that the matter was a family feud that should be resolved amicably between the Efifie brothers was also ignored by Loveth, who allegedly insisted on prosecuting the detainees in order to take custody of the two young children of the deceased, and as a result of his political ties and familiarity with high-ranking people, including a former head of state.

“The Efifie family of Agulu, in the state of Anambra, had written two complaints to the inspector general of police for the continued illegal detention of their daughter and son-in-law at Loveth’s instigation, adding that they were being investigated for the death of her deceased rather than accept his claim unfounded. Unfortunately, the PGI did not act in accordance with the family’s request.

“Complaining the prolonged and illegal detention of her son and Happiness, Ms. Osuhor pleaded with the police to obey the court order and release the duo, wondering why the police who should promote and protect the fundamental rights of citizens should engage in flagrant abuse of the same by violating courtship orders.

“He said the family is already in mourning due to the untimely death of their beloved daughter, who left behind a six-year-old daughter and a 15-month-old son and should be able to rest in peace by releasing her dead body. for the burial, along with her inmate husband and younger sister, instead of being tossed about by Loveth, the deceased’s younger sister, who said she hadn’t even spoken to the deceased and Happiness for over 10 years until the deceased’s death.

“She wondered why Loveth will use her older sister’s death to settle scores and pretend to love her in death, but by subjecting her corpse to various forms of mutilation and causing agony to families by using the police to illegally detain her deceased sister’s husband and her immediate older sister on the unproven charge of being killed, while medical reports and autopsy by certified pathologists have proven otherwise.

The 80-year-old widow pleaded with the inspector general of police, members of the Nigeria police force, established authorities and interested parties to live up to the expectations of both families and honest Nigerians by releasing the duo of Jude and Happiness. , as indicated by the court, in order to prove to Nigerians that human rights are still valued and promoted in the country and that the police are not a tool willing to be used and abused by selfish Nigerians due to unclear links with senior officials of police, office-holders politicians and even a former president ”.

When contacted, FCIID’s AC administrator Alex Ebbah requested the presence of our correspondent at their office in Abuja, adding that vital and sensitive information could not be revealed over the phone.

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