No fewer than five persons including a woman have been arrested by the
police over the alleged murder of 38 year-old Onitsha-based businessman,
Mr. Onyemaechi Idoko, who died mysteriously inside Jubilee Hotel,
Onitsha in Anambra State few hours he left his shop at Ose Market,
Mr Chiedozie Collins Idoko, immediate younger brother of the deceased
told this reporter that the allegation that his senior brother died
while having sex with a woman in the hotel was far from the truth and
He said that the family had to petition the Commissioner of Police,
Anambra State Police Command, Mr John Abang, who had directed full
investigation into the matter leading to the arrest of some workers of
“I know my brother, he is not a womanizer, he is not that type of
person, he has two children with pregnant wife expecting to deliver a
new baby,” Idoko said.
He said that the arrest of some people in the hotel including those not
staff, but doing some renovation work in the premises was to help get to
the root cause of his brother’s death on Jan. 30, because the brother
did not died as being been speculated and claimed by the hotel
“I will not teach police their job; the renovation work was on-going
even the day I found my brother dead at the hotel premises, may be that
was why the police wants those working there to help explain what they
saw on the day of the incident.
“There is much foul play in the entire scenario; I witnessed everything
when I got to the hotel the day my brother died in the premises. I have
evidence in pictures.
“You will not tell me that my brother died while having sex with a
lady, but I find my brother in the hotel premises lying down with his
cloths intact, nothing happened to his wears, not in the hotel room, but
in the premises, outside, in the compound while his cloths are still
“The lady in question have not been found, that is why I was
suspicious of everything, even how it all happened,” Idoko said.
According to him, the first question when he arrived in the hotel and
saw his brother’s lying lifeless on the ground was what happened.
“I asked the hotel manager directly, he told me that my brother came to
the hotel with a lady and after some 45minutes he heard somebody
shouting at the room, he said that he was the one that brought my
brother down from the room.
“My second question is where the lady is, he said that the lady had
gone away but he knew the lady, I said okay you know the lady and she
just gone like that?
“Who called my brother’s wife, that was my third question, he said, one
of his workers did, I said can I see my brother’s phones so that I can
be able to see the last call of the day, behold two of his phones had
“That is why I will hold the hotel responsible for killing my brother
until they provide people behind it and they give convincing evidence
that my brother died while having sex with lady.
“I will be satisfied and the court will take its course, I will not
take laws into my hands,” Idoko lamented.
He explained that he did not know the owners of the hotel, stressing
that the hotel manager was his number one suspect because he acting so.
“Not what he said to me before he is saying now, he is denying what he
told me before, but I am not alone, I have witness, he told us that he
was the one that lodged my brother in the hotel and behold my brother’s
name was not in the manifest.
“I saw something like `I’, no other name and my brother’s name is not
Bartholomew, so everything is happening so fast …… on the same day
Feb. 1, the police has released their report that the man died on top of
a woman, but the woman was nowhere to be found even as I am talking to
“Nothing have been done, while he Central Police Station police said
the hotel manager was invited, that they have sent for autopsy. As I am
talking to you, I am the one looking for the autopsy now.
“So if you are in my shoe what will you do, are you not going to
suspect the hotel manager until he proves himself otherwise,” he said.
Idoko, from Enugu-Ezike in Igboeze North Local Government Area of Enugu
state said he had escaped death threat from unknown attackers at Modebe
Street, Onitsha shortly after the brother’s death.
He said that unknown attackers pursued him, but was saved by God using
the vigilantee operative in the area which made the attackers to
However, it was gathered that the deceased recently contested for
chairmanship position of his Mellon line in Ose Market, Onitsha and won
but his opposition according to sources were not comfortable with him
taking over the leadership of the market line.
When contacted, the Police spokesman in Anambra State, Haruna Mohammed
said it is only autopsy would prove the reality over what happened to
the deceased business mogul.