…submits self to police
Nelson Chidiebere, Port Harcourt
Following the discovery of the body parts of a missing 200-level Uniport student known as Justina Otuene in her supposed lover’s apartment recently, a Bolt driver known as Kelechi Uzor has submitted himself to the Police Station over accusations of abducting another girl declared missing by her parents.
It was gathered that Uzor, yesterday, submitted himself to Okporo Police Station, Rumuodara in Obio/Akpor Local Government Area of Rivers state to say what he knows about the missing girl, known as Elizabeth Edoukumor, who was declared missing hours after he dropped her off at harmony estate, Eliozu, Port Harcourt.
Uzor, who denied culpability in the incident, explained that the lady on October 9 booked at Eastern Bypass, somewhere in Old Port Harcourt township, to be taken to Harmony Estate at Eliozu but several hours later, he was called by her supposed relatives asking about her whereabouts.
Uzor, interview explained: “On that 9th of October she booked a ride at Eastern Byepass. I took her to Harmony Estate at Eliozu, when I got to the estate, I parked because you cannot enter the estate without authorization of someone inside.
“So when the lady got the permission to enter, that is Elizabeth, I entered the estate, parked at the residence she was going to, she offloaded her bags because she came with some goods, she paid me in cash and I droved off.
“When I entered the estate, I was checked by the security, when I was leaving, I was checked, they checked everything in my car, and they now permitted me to leave the estate.
“Later that night, a lady called me and was asking whether I picked her (Elizabeth) up from the estate, I told the lady no. That what I did, was to drop her at the estate and leave the place. After that day, another man called asking me whether, I heard anything, if she(Elizabeth) made any call that I could remember, I told him no and that I did not listen to her conversation, I was only taking her to the place she asked me to take her to.
“So the next day, some other people were calling me trying to lure me to a certain area, they will call me and say, am I a bolt driver, I should come and pick them so, so place,” I said no, I cannot come and pick them, you have to book bolt first before I can pick you, I cannot just come and pick you.
“They have been calling, I now discovered that one of them is the supposed Uncle to the girl. After I refused to meet them, they are now telling me that I am the bolt driver who took Elizabeth to so-so place. I told them yes that I had explained to them, that I dropped the girl and left.
“So since then, I have been getting calls and threats, as the Uncle threatened me that I should better bring the girl alive and that this one is a bad market. He was making other threats. I have not also received any call from the Police to come.
“I came to the Police station to tell my side of the story because the calls and threats were becoming too much, So I came to find out why the parents of the girl were threatening me. I have no hand in the disappearance of the girl.”So I came to the Police station to complain”.
In the meantime post on social media believed to have been made about the missing Elizabeth Edoukumor by her family indicated that she called her people at about 6:31 pm that she was leaving her aunt’s place in Harmony Estate to home but her line was later not reachagable and went off afterwards.
The bolt map cited by our correspondent indicated that the bolt driver dropped Elizabeth inside Harmony Estate by 6:16 p.m.
In the meantime, Prince Wiro, a human rights advocate who led Mr Uzor to the Police station has urged the parents of relatives of the missing girl to come to the Police station rather than asking the bolt driver to meet them privately.
Wiro who is also the National Coordinator of the Centre for Basic Rights And Accountability Campaign said after the bolt driver approached him, he(Wiro) as a patriotic Nigerian, encouraged and took the bolt driver who is a person of interest to the Police station so that he can assist the investigation.