The Owerri branch of Nigerian Bar Association on Monday said that it
would sue the Nigeria Police Force and Zenith Bank for allegedly
abandoning the family of heroic Police Sergeant, Chukwudi Iboko, who
died during the February 22, 2017, robbery which took place at the
Wetheral Road branch of Zenith bank in Owerri, the Imo State capital.
Iboko, who killed one of the four armed robbers in the attack, suffered
severe gunshot injuries and died the next day in a police clinic in
Owerri after he was allegedly rejected at the Federal Medical Centre,
He had been praised by many Nigerians, leading to a
massive campaign for raising fund by the Punch Newspaper and some social
media activists for his family’s upkeep and to put his children back to
Irked by the victim’s wife’s claim that both the Police
and the Bank had abandoned her and her seven surviving children which
was published in Sunday PUNCH, the Owerri Branch NBA Chairman, Lawrence
Nwakaeti, said that it was a wicked act for the police and the Bank to
have abandoned and neglected Iboko’s family.
practitioner said that his branch would have no option than to sue the
police and bank to compel them to take full responsibility of the family
of an officer who died in an active service while protecting the assets
and customers of the Zenith Bank on the day of the incident.
said, “It is the height of wickedness for the gallant policeman who
died in the course of duty to be abandoned by the police which he served
most meritoriously and gave his life as a result and the bank for whom
he paid the Supreme price, to abandon the young family he left behind.
demand that both the Nigeria Police Force as well as Zenith should take
urgent steps towards the upkeep of the family left behind by the
deceased police officer”.
The Chairman said that the children of
the hero police officer who had dropped out of school must be assisted
by the police and the bank to return to and to assist his young widow.
children he left behind who have dropped out of school must be assisted
to return back to school. Their dreams must not be allowed to die just
like that. It’s unfair. What message are we sending to our men and women
in uniform who daily put their lives on the line so that others may be
“We owe those they leave behind a duty of care in the event of the unthinkable happening to them”
According to him, “We hereby demand that the family of this fallen officer be made to feel less the death of their breadwinner”.
said that In the event that nothing happens in spite of the demand, the
Association shall take up the issue and ensure that Justice comes the
way of the grieving family.