Defence & Security

Anambra CP vows to hunt down killers of lawmaker, aide

By Paul Michael, Defence Editor, Abuja

Commissioner of Police, Anambra State Command, CP Echeng E. Echeng, has vowed that the Force (NPF) would work closely with other security agencies to bring to justice the killers of Hon Okechukwu Okoye, who was beheaded after being kidnapped alongside his aide, Cyril Chiegboka.

Echeng made this known during a press briefing on the state of security in Anambra State while lamenting the nefarious activities of gunmen in the State, saying that “no stone will be left unturned until purveyors of violence are totally eradicated to make Anambra State safe for growth and development.”

The Commissioner expressed solidarity with the Governor of the State, Prof Charles Soludo, in his bid to end insecurity and restore peace across the State.

He said, “On 21st May, 2022 a relation of Hon Okechukwu Okoye reported to the Police in Ekwulobia, Aguata LGA that he had reason to believe that a headless corpse allegedly lying along Nnobi – Ideani Road was that of the lawmaker who was abducted alongside his aide, Cyril Chiegboka on 15th May, 2022 at Oraefi in Aguata LGA of Anambra State.

“Police Operatives accompanied him to the scene and found the claim to be true. The headless body was recovered for preservation and autopsy.

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“Later same day information was received that the head of the lawmaker was seen at Amichi in Nnewi South Local Government Area which in recent times has been the epicentre of attacks by unknown gunmen on security forces, Vigilante groups and defenceless civilians. Again, Police personnel mobilised to the scene and recovered the severed head of the lawmaker.

“The body of Cyril Chiegboka, an aide to Hon Okechukwu Okoye who was also murdered in cold blood by his abductors, has been recovered. All leads so far gathered are being explored with a view to bringing perpetrators of this senseless crime to justice.

“Anambra State Police Command condemns this barbaric act by savages pretending to be fighting on behalf of the people. Indeed, the Police, other security agencies and defenceless civilians have been at the receiving end of similarly gruesome attacks in the past by these enemies of society and progress.

“The Nigeria Police Force, Anambra State Command stands solidly with His Excellency, the Executive Governor, Government and people of Anambra State in this moment of grief and at all times. The Command will work in concert with sister security agencies to ensure that the mastermind and foot soldiers responsible for this heinous crime against the society are speedily brought to justice.”

CP Echeng commiserated with the family and kinsmen of the lawmaker, the State House of Assembly and the State Governor on this tragic incident.

“Anambra Police Command appreciates the unequivocal stand of the Governor and the State House of Assembly on improving security and enhancing the safety of the general populace. May the souls of the departed citizens rest in perfect peace. Amen,” he added.

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