Delta State Civil Society Organizations Demand Justice for Missing Woman and Child
In a recent development that has sparked concern and raised questions about the efficacy of the justice system, the Delta State Coalition of Civil Society Organisations has submitted a petition to both the Inspector General of Police and the Chairman of the Police Service Commission. The petition addresses the perplexing case of Promise Nwaigbo, a woman allegedly involved in human trafficking, and her six-year-old child, who have mysteriously disappeared without a trace within the state.The petition, titled “An open letter to the Inspector General of Police and Chairman of Police Service Commission on bias by AIG Zone 5 Benin City and Anti-Vice Department,” was eloquently articulated by Victor Ojei, the spokesman for the Coalition of Civil Society Organisations. Ojei brings to light the disturbing assertion that Nwaigbo may have fallen victim to a tragic fate involving her alleged murderers, who, ironically, sought the assistance of the Assistant Inspector General (AIG) Zone 5 in Benin City.Ojei states, “The same people who committed a crime are the same people who ran to the AIG Zone 5 for help. We must ensure that the world becomes aware of the actions taken by the AIG and the potential consequences for the pursuit of justice in this matter.”The spokesperson continues by presenting the key details of the case. Nwaigbo, a young mother, disclosed her intention to meet an acquaintance at a hotel in the Ibusa community to her roommate in April 2023. Accompanied by a motorbike rider named Dozie Ezeh, Nwaigbo arrived at the designated meeting place to encounter Chibuzor, a 36-year-old individual allegedly involved in the disappearance.Alarming circumstances unfolded when Nwaigbo failed to return after several hours, prompting her concerned roommate to initiate a search. As the investigation unfolded, it became evident that the prime suspect, Chibuzor, had left the hotel premises with Nwaigbo and her young child.Initially, the authorities detained the hotel owner and manager at the Ibusa Police Station. However, subsequent investigation exonerated them from any involvement in the victims’ disappearance. Consequently, the case was transferred to the State Criminal Investigation Department on May 2, 2023, to facilitate a more focused examination of the matter.During the ongoing investigation, an unsettling incident occurred at the same hotel. A breastfeeding mother arrived with her infant and awaited someone while arousing suspicion from the vigilant hotel manager. Recognizing a parallel with the tactics employed in Nwaigbo’s disappearance, the manager swiftly alerted the police and community members, leading to the apprehension of the suspect.Further inquiry at the suspect’s residence yielded crucial evidence, including Nwaigbo’s phone and a torchlight belonging to her. These discoveries were subsequently confirmed by the victim’s roommate, Igbe Uche. Regrettably, despite these significant breakthroughs, Promise Nwaigbo and her six-year-old child remain missing.The CSO’s spokesperson, Victor Ojei, expressed deep concern over the distressing circumstances and appealed for urgent intervention in the matter. Ojei emphasized that justice must prevail not only for the people of Delta State but also for the welfare of the global girl child.Upon reaching out for official comments, the Delta State Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Bright Edafe, confirmed that the case had been transferred to Zone 5 in Benin. However, the spokesperson for Zone 5, DSP Tijani Momoh, revealed that the case had been subsequently transferred back to the Delta State Police Command, with the intention of arraigning the suspects.As this disconcerting saga continues to unfold, the public eagerly awaits further updates on the investigation and hopes for a resolution that brings justice to Promise Nwaigbo and her missing child.