Tochukwu was arrested in Abuja on Sunday and remanded in custody while his sister, Princess, was directed to report at the force headquarters on Monday (today).
The Investigating Police Officer, ASP Patrick Obeta, confirmed that Tochukwu and his sister would be interrogated on the allegations levelled against them by the widow of their late brother, Mrs Olubunmi Kama.
“Tochukwu was arrested this morning (Sunday) and remanded in custody. His sister Princess has been directed to report at our office tomorrow (Monday),” the IPO said.
The widow had in a petition dated September 17 asked the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, to investigate the “nefarious activities of Princess Kama and Tochukwu Kama culminating in the abduction, denial of adequate care and exposure to palpable trauma leading to the death of James Kama, thereby exposing his family to untold hardship.”
The petition, dated September 17, 2020, copied to the Commissioner of Police, Homicide Department, Abuja, was titled, ‘Abduction, false imprisonment, murder, conversion and threat to life perpetrated against the late Mr James Kama and his nuclear family by Princess Kama and Mr Tochukwu Kama.’
Olubunmi, through her lawyer, John-bede Ofoha, said Tochukwu and Princess forcefully took away James to an unknown location and then carted away his property after his demise, rendering his family destitute.
The Ondo State indigene, who was married to James, a civil engineer, from Ebonyi State at an Abuja marriage registry on July 16, 2004, explained that she was prevented from attending the burial of her husband in Ikon, Afikpo South, Ebonyi, in August 2018, adding that Tochukwu and Princess threatened to harm her.
Olubunmi noted that the family members did not acknowledge James’ nuclear family at his funeral, adding that her name and that of her children were missing in the programme of events.
Disclosing what led to her husband’s death, the mother of five said James had a chronic ulcer but became addicted to pain killers for 13 years.
She said James was taken to an unknown hospital on May 13, 2018, but his immediate family were not allowed to see him or know his whereabouts until his demise on August 6.
“I was also not allowed to see his remains in the mortuary. I had to beg the attendants who said they were under strict instructions not to allow me to see the body. Shortly after his death, my husband’s siblings came to our house in Gwarimpa and took away his personal effects, including his vehicles, leaving us with nothing,” she added.