Contrary to reports that jailed Nigerian heavyweight boxer Ike Ibeabuchi has regained his freedom, Stan, his younger brother said his brother is far from becoming a free man.
The former world heavyweight boxing contender, he revealed is detained by the United States (U.S) Immigration and Customs Enforcement Center (ICE) in Eloy, Arizona.
“Ike was transferred to ICE following his release on September 13, 2020 from Arizona Penal system and is been held there.”
He said the U.S law system is frustrating all moves by his brother to get freedom.
He added: “My brother’s case was handled unjustly, and he was never given a fair chance to defend himself. He spent a lot of time for a crime he did not commit, and spent more than 20 years in prison. That is an injustice. What I think happened is an action against him, just to make sure Ike didn’t achieve his dream of becoming heavyweight champion of the world.
“In regards to his so-called probation violation, why would a detainee spend more than two years in detention without being sentenced? This is someone arrested since 2016, and four years behind bars for a probation violation he knew nothing about. He did not know what was required of him (nobody informed him). They should have given my brother Ike a fair hearing and a fair judgment, and not left him behind bars for four years. To me, that is injustice, and all this to end with a career in boxing completely destroyed, which he might have achieved (greatness).”