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“So, when you left for lunch his body temperature was fine?” A bulky police officer asked Chinagorom, Njideka and Joy. “Yes, as she always does, Chinagorom looked him over before we left. We were there for about ten minutes, perhaps less. We bought our lunch and ran back upstairs, because Chinagorom would not even sit there to eat her food. She wanted to return to the room to see Chikere,” Joy explained. “And when you returned there was no one here?” “No, no one…Izunna was seated outside waiting for us though.” “Izunna, did you enter the room while the girls were gone?” “No. I looked through the window and the girls were not there, so I decided to wait from them outside.” “How did you get in the building that the girls did not see you on their way down?”

“I used the west end stairs, sir…the same one that Chikere’s parents used.” “Something obviously happened between the time you left him and the time you returned. I like to think that one or some of you are lying. I am afraid, we have to keep you all in detention until you tell us the truth,” said Detective Aliyu. “I knew it! I never liked her. She wants my son dead. I wonder which cult she belongs to,” Urioma exclaimed. “Your plans will not work out in Jesus’ name!!!” She added, rising to her feet. “Officer, can we talk outside briefly,” said Ekenna, Chinagorom’s father.

“What is it, sir?” Aliyu asked. “There is no way my daughter is staying in detention, Mr. Detective. I can make a call to the police commissioner, if you want me to. My daughter goes home with us. She has been through a lot,” replied Ekenna. “Okay sir, I will keep the other then.” “You do what you want, but my daughter comes with us.” When they returned to the waiting room at the hospital where they were being interrogated, Aliyu announced, “Except for Chikere’s parents and Chinagorom who has been through a lot, the rest of you will come with us to the station.” “Why? You are leaving behind the ring leader?” Urioma asked. “Madam, I have made my decision based on the information available to us. She will remain with her father, who will bring her to the police station every day until the case is over. Besides, she has already been through a lot, so she needs the rest.”

“I am not going home, sir. If my friends are coming with you, then I am coming with you.” “What are you saying, Chiichii?” asked Ozioma, Chinagorom’s mother. “It is not fair. My friends have been here with me throughout this ordeal. If they are being detained, then I am coming with them. No one, not even you mother and father will stop me,” Chinagorom answered emphatically. “We just went downstairs for a brief period to get lunch and Izunna was seated outside. What crime have we committed? We have all been here praying and hoping for Chikere’s recovery. Why would we harm him? For what?”

“Let me have a quick chat with you, Chinagorom,” Aliyu said. She and Chinagorom stepped outside. “Did you say that when and your girlfriends returned upstairs, Izunna was seated outside?” “Yes.” “Forget about your friendship with him. Just think about Chikere. I know you want the best for him and for those who planned and did this to be caught. So, do you think Izunna would for any reason want to harm Chikere?” Chinagorom considered the question for a moment. “I don’t know, but I know he likes me. He has asked me out not long ago, in fact several times in the past, but I said no. We remained friends though, and he has been very supportive all through this time.”

“Don’t you think he still likes you? Don’t you think he could have sneaked into the room and placed a plug in those lines to finish off the job, so he can have you to himself? Think! Think Miss Chinagorom! He has got to be out chief suspect.” “My God, could he have been behind all this?” “He is! It is obvious!” Aliyu dashed back into the room and announced, “Everyone can leave except Izunna.” ‘Why,” asked Izunna.” “This is preposterous. Here is the main culprit but you are letting her go because her father knows a few people here and there. Corruption; that is what is destroying this country. I don’t want you near my son again after this. I pray he survives…my first son,” Urioma cried. When they left that night, there was no news from the doctors except that Chikere was still in a critical condition and that the hospital would not allow anyone to see him until further notice.

“We know everything, Izunna. Just tell us the truth.” “What do you mean?” Aliyu sat behind a desk in the interrogation room back at the police station. He wore a wry smirk on his face. “You are in love with Chinagorom. You have been all these years but she would not date you. So, you decided to take him out. You hired some people to shot him and when that did not work out, you swooped in yourself to.” “I did no such thing. I don’t have the money to pay anyone to shoot anyone. Even if I did, I would never do that.” “That is what they all say. We have evidence that you are a member of the Buccaneers, one of the most feared cults at Enugu State University.”

“Your information is wrong. I don’t belong to the Buccaneers, sir.” “You do. You did not have to pay anyone to shoot Chikere. You had your members do the dirty job.” “It is not true!” “Stop lying!!! It is over! I will have you charged with attempted murder. If you do not confess, you are in for at least twenty one years in prison.” “I did not shoot anyone and I did not ask anyone to shoot anyone. Please stop making these false allegations against me. I shot nobody…I never will.”

“So, I am free to go now?” Dubem asked. “Yes, you are. We have arrested someone we believe is the culprit. We will contact you if we need further information from you,” the police clerk explained to him. His girlfriend and parents were on hand to take him home when he left police detention. He had scars all over his skin – lasting marks of police brutality. “I am very glad to have you back, darling,” his girlfriend who was pregnant said as he walked past the counter. “I never shot anyone. I am glad I have been vindicated,” he replied, relieved to be going home.

“Your honor, this is a form filled out by the accused, Mr. Izunna Amadi, which allowed him to join one of the most feared cults at the Enugu State University, the Buccaneers,” said the State lawyer.” Izunna had been arraigned in court. “I present this as exhibit five,” the lawyer continued. “I call to the stand, a driver who recognizes Izunna as a passenger on his bus from Enugu to Nsukka, a day before the dying Mr. Chikere was shot.” The driver placed Izunna on his bus, which travelled from Enugu to Nsukka. The State lawyer also called Njideka, Joy and Chinagorom to the stand to testify that Izunna was the only one in the vicinity of Chikere’s room when they returned from lunch.

“It is easy! The door was open, so he went in and placed a plug in the oxygen line. Then, he stood outside to look innocent. If Chikere’s mother had not felt him when she did, he’d be dead by now and that would have gone unnoticed. I put it to you that Mr. Amadi was in Nsukka a day before the shooting to arrange the deadly shooting of Mr. Chikere. I beg you, your honor to sentence this man to death for such calculated attempt to take another life. As things stand now, it looks likely that Chikere will die,” the State lawyer pressed.

Izunna’s lawyer took the floor. “Your honor, ladies and gentlemen, does it not appear ludicrous to you that my client would attempt to kill Mr. Chikere and then remain in the vicinity of the crime? If he was as deadly as the State suggests, why would he put himself in that situation? It does not make sense. If he had tried to kill Mr. Chikere, he would have left right away. Further, my client does not deny travelling to Nsukka a day before Mr. Chikere was shot. He does not deny being in love with Chinagorom, but he went to Nsukka for a workshop. Here is a flyer that describes the workshop he was attending at University of Nigeria Nsukka. I will soon call to stand, two of his friends who were at the workshop with him.

“My client had tried to contact Chinagorom, but she maintained that she was in love with someone else. Mr. Izunna did not even know who Chikere was at the time. Having been in love with Chinagorom for a long time, he decided not to see her after she had talked about her boyfriend. We have all been there – why meet the girl you have a massive crush on after she has told you that she was in love with someone else. My client is innocent. Convicting him would be a grave mistake. Mr. Amadi is innocent. He is a victim of circumstance. He never shot anyone. He is not that type! I beg you to acquit him, your honor.”



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