Ikechuwku Onachukwu, the Nigerian rapper, has demanded justice for his wife’s cousin who he said was found dead inside the boarding house of an Imo state catholic school.
In a video shared via his Instagram page on Thursday, the rapper said the 14-year-old student, named Obinna, died after a series of events he suggested was suspicious.
The rapper also called for an investigation and autopsy to be carried out before the burial of the late boy.
“Earlier on today, I put up a post about Obinna and his tragic passing. Obinna is related to my wife but I do not know his direct family. He was at my wedding. Now, he’s dead. He was discovered at his school,” he said.
“That is the school I listed. People from the school have been going online to leave all kinds of derogatory remarks towards me. But that’s irrelevant. What I do care about is finding out how this boy died.
“I hope that an autopsy is going to be performed prior to his burial. I hope that there is a thorough investigation into it so that we can have the truth come out. At the end of the day, the truth will set everybody free.”
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In another post, which is now deleted, Ikechukwu alleged that his in-law was found lifeless in the dormitory with bruises he claimed showed the boy was beaten up.
He said the school involved is Queen of the Holy Innocent Secondary School, Ogwume in Ideato LGA.
“This is Obinna, 14 years of age, my in-law. Cousin to my wife. He was found at 1 am dead in the boarding house at this school. Class? SS2, senior hostel. Beaten up, bruised. So many holes in this story,” the rapper had said.
“And frankly, I’m sick of these happenings. Now it has come to my doorstep. This is outrageous.
“I urge every media portal to help bring light to the happenings surrounding this event and every other event concerning these children who we confidently give to schools to look after. No child should have to die.”
When TheCable Lifestyle contacted Mike Abattam, the police PRO in Imo, he said he had yet to receive any report on the case.
Obinna’s passing comes as the latest in a series of death cases that have hit secondary schools in Nigeria.
TheCable published a two-part series on the frustrations of the bereaved of such cases in their quest for justice.
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