CHIEMEKA Arinze, co-defendant of alleged millionaire kidnap kingpin, Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike, also known as Evans, has passed on. Arinze, according to sources, died on Friday from cardiopulmonary arrest with complications from HIV.
The later suspect was along with Evans and others, including Joseph Emeka, Chiemeka Arinze and Udeme Upong, are being arraigned over murder, attempted murder, conspiracy to commit kidnapping, attempt to kidnap and sale and transfer of firearms charges. The charges also included the attempted kidnap of Chief Vincent Obianodo, the Chairman of the Young Shall Grow Motors.
According to his lawyer, Ogedi Ogu, Arinze fell into a coma from which he never recovered until he was pronounced dead. While addressing the court on Monday over the incident, Ogu explained that Arinze was rushed to the hospital following his relapse into coma but died later in the day..
“He was rushed to a hospital from Kirikiri Correctional Centre on Thursday. I visited him on Friday and he was in a coma on that day.
“I left there around 4p.m., and at about 9p.m. they called me and informed me that he had died.
“Doctors informed me that they were going to run some tests about the cause of his death; the results are going to come out on Saturday,” he said.
Presiding judge, Oluwatoyin Taiwo, who described the incident as unfortunate, responded that the court was already in possession of Mr Arinze’s death certificate which he named as HIV.
“The death certificate here says the cause of death is cardiopulmonary arrest and the secondary cause is HIV; It is from the Ajeromi General Hospital,” the judge said.
The judge averred however, that trial must continue, urging other defence counsels to adopt their written addresses on a trial-within-trial in the case, after which she adjourned the case until December 17 for ruling and further hearing.