Onyema Ononiwu has called on Governor Nyesom Wike to intervene in the case involving his brother, Samson, so he can be released from illegal detention.
According to Onyema, his brother tried to rescue two soldiers from hoodlums identified as members of the proscribed Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB) in Oyigbo Local Government Area.
The Nation earlier reported how Ononiwu, a cobbler, was injured while trying to protect the soldiers. He was said to be indoors at his 15 Charles Ibe Street residence when the soldiers scaled the fence and entered his room through the back door during the #EndSARS protest.
Onyema had said: “The soldiers remained in my brother’s room, which he also uses as a workshop. He is a cobbler.
“Those hoodlums started circling the building and refused to go away. The hoodlums pulled down the door and my brother got a deep cut in his head. They wanted to cut off his head but one of them said he was not a soldier so he escaped. But the soldiers were killed and their rifles taken away.
“The hoodlums later burnt my brother’s property, including his occupational tools.”
Onyema, however, said the Army has since detained his brother and kept him incommunicado.
He said: “My brother has been in trauma since the incident. But when report of his experience was published, the Army requested to see him and I took him to a DSS operative who handed him over to a major. I took him there on Monday and the officer promised to release him on Tuesday as he would help with their investigations.
“But the major refused to release him, even till now. His phones were seized and they have denied access to him. I am surprised at how he is being treated. What Samson needs is help and not more trauma. Even if they don’t want to help him, they should free him.”
Spokesman of the 6 Battalion Maj. Charles Ekeocha could not be reached for comments.