A man who hail from Umuagbaghagha in Osisioma LGA of Abia state identified as Chidiebere Onwumere share his experience after he regained freedom 2 years of being wrongly imprisoned for causing the death of Uzochi Chinyere.
Chidiebere Onwumere was accused of killing his neighbour and remanded in prison since 2016 after he and some of his neighbours had helped the deceased who they found lying “helpless and very weak” to get to the hospital.
Narrating the events of the day, Omwumere said:
“I got home that day, around 6pm, only to see my neighbour lying helpless and I decided to assist her to the hospital with the help of other neighbors. A pastor who resides within the neighborhood, took us with his car to a nearby hospital called Shiloh hospital, where the doctor asked us to deposit N5000 to conduct a text that would determine exactly what was wrong with her.
I and some other neighbours contributed the money. When the result came out, the doctor told us that she was on substance overdose and was knocked out by the illegal substance. He assured us that she would be well again.
However, the next morning, Mr Promise, the deceased’s elder brother, arrived the hospital and insisted on taking her away to another hospital against the doctor’s advice. After a few days, he came back to our compound and took me to World Bank police station, Aba, where he handed me over to the police, claiming that I beat his sister to death.
Despite pleas that my hands were clean and that there was a doctor’s report stating that their sister died of substance abuse, Promise insisted and filed a murder charge against me. I was arraigned on suit no. U/520c/2016 and remanded in prison custody since June 2016. It was one Barrister Jerry Uzosike that God used to vindicate and bring me out of prison.”