Police begin probe into boy’s murder

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The Enugu State Police Command says it has commenced investigation into the killing of a 17-year-old boy by the enforcement team of Enugu State Waste Management Authority.

The boy, Chidiebere Edeh, was killed by the ESWAMA team last Monday.

The state Police Public Relations Officer, Ebere Amaraizu, said this in Enugu on Tuesday.

He said, “We have received information on the alleged murder of the 17-year-old boy by yet-to-be-identified persons and investigations into the incident have commenced to ascertain their motives.”

Amaraizu vowed that the culprits would not go unpunished if found guilty.

He said, “These boys from ESWAMA have been physically assaulting residents in the state for sometime and now that they have killed someone, they must face the law.”

Before his death, the deceased lived with his parents at 20 Ifenze Street in the Abakpa area of the state and was writing the ongoing Senior School Certificate Examination.

His mother, Mrs. Catherine Edeh, said her son met his untimely death when she asked him to dispose refuse at a nearby dumpsite.

It was gathered from Mrs. Edeh that a scuffle between ESWAMA agents and her son ensued minutes after the deceased disposed a heap of rubbish at one of the approved dump sites.

She said, “They accused him of not properly disposing the rubbish and they beat him to death.”

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

Other employees of ESWAMA also refused commenting, saying they had been warned against talking to the press on the matter.

ESWAMA had in the last two years been a thorn in the flesh of residents in Enugu State.

A woman in the Trans-Ekulu area of the state was once dragged half-naked into a waiting van by men of the agency in May 2013 for allegedly failing to pay her environmental bill. Other victims had stated that the woman was not just humiliated, but sexually assaulted.

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