Lab scientists protest against colleague’s murder in Ebonyi

By Charles Onyekwere, South-East Correspondent

Association of Medical Laboratory Scientists of Nigeria, AMLSN, Ebonyi State chapter, has protested the gruesome murder of one of their colleagues, Casmir Afamefuna Ani, by unknown gunmen.

Investigation revealed that Ani who is a father of four was murdered on Friday night at Oji-Owere Street in the Abakaliki metropolis.

The association’s members protested to the Ebonyi State Police Command, Abakaliki, carrying placards with following inscriptions such as: ”AMLSN demands thorough investigation”, “We demand for culprits to be brought to book”, “Police please fish out the perpetrators, the death of Casmir is one death too many”, “These senseless killings must stop in Ebonyi,“ “Justice must be given to this family and association”, “Government must wake up to their responsibility of protecting lives,” etc.

The association in a letter signed by its chairman and secretary; Clement Alobu and Godwin Nwibo respectively, which was submitted to the Commissioner of Police, Aliyu Garba, tasked the security operatives to fish out the perpetrators.

They asked the commissioner to seek justice for Ani for the sake of the wife and four kids, as well as their union, AMLSN.

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The letter reads in part: “lt is with deep emotional pain and bleeding hearts that we, the members of the above-named Association write to inform your office of the gruesome murder of Mr. Casmir Afamefuna Ani who was our member and professional colleague, on the night of Friday, June 10, 2022, around Ojeowere street, Brackenbury street area in Abakaliki.

“With this ugly development, we no longer feel safe to even do our jobs since one of us could be murdered so easily without any intervention by the law enforcement agents or even the state vigilante outfit, alias Ebube-Agu.”

Garba said he is aware of the killing of Ani and vowed to bring to book the perpetrators.

He, represented by the Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of the State Criminal Investigation Department, DCP Robert Clement, further called for the collaboration of the association and the public to get to the root of the matter.

“We are aware of that matter and we are on it, we will do everything to ensure that the people responsible will be brought to book and justice, but we need your cooperation, we can’t do it alone, give us information, give us tips and by the grace of God, we will get to the bottom of it,” he stated.

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