As Assembly says demise will really be felt in the House

Abiodun OBA

Anambra State Governor Chukwuma Soludo, has promised N10 million reward for any person or group who would give credible information that could lead to the arrest of the murderers of the beheaded Mr Okechukwu Okoye, a member of the state House of Assembly and Director of his campaign organisation, Mr Cyril Chiegboka.

The heads without (trunks) of Okoye and Chiegboka were discovered around Chisco park junction in Amichi, Nnewi South Local Government Area on Saturday.

Okoye, representing Aguata 1 State Constituency and Chiegboka, were abducted on May 15 by yet to be identified persons.

Okoye hailed from Isuofia in Aguate LGA, the same community as Soludo.

According to a statement by Mr Christian Aburime, Chief Press Secretary to Soludo, Soludo received with shock and deep sadness the news of the gruesome murder of Okechukwu Okoye, member representing Aguata II Constituency at the State House of Assembly and his aide, Cyril Chiegboka.

“Gov Soludo condoles with his kinsmen of Isuofia, noting that it is probably the same criminal gang that attacked him and killed three policemen at Isuofia two years ago that are once again on the prowl.

”But they can never cow down Isuofia Community and Anambra State.

“Gov. Soludo, still in shock over the barbaric acts against his two kinsmen, vowed that the perpetrators as well as all criminals operating in Anambra must be decisively brought to book.

“The Governor has consequently placed a N10 million reward for anyone or group that will avail valuable information that will lead to the immediate arrest of the perpetrators of this dastardly act,” he said.

Soludo said his administration would make Anambra uncomfortable for criminal elements in no distant time.

He assured citizens and residents of Anambra of the government’s resolve and renewed determination with the security agencies to go all out against the criminals and ensure they are brought to justice.

“Anambra will win against the forces of darkness, I urge Anambra people to brace up for the all out war against the criminals”.

Meanwhile, the Speaker of Anambra State House of Assembly, Uche Okafor, has described the death of Okoye as unfortunate and heart breaking.

In a press statement after an indoor meeting on Sunday, the late Okoye was described as one of the outspoken and articulated lawmakers, noted that the legislative institution in the state has lost a quality member.

The Speaker commended Okoye’s sense of humour, hospitality and commitment to duty among other positive attributes, adding that his demise will really be felt in the House of Assembly.

He urged Governor Chukwuma Soludo not to relent in his efforts towards achieving maximum security of lives and property of Ndi Anambra and called on well-meaning citizens to join hands with the governor in that direction.

He commiserating with the late Okoye’s immediate family, his kinsman, Governor Soludo and the entire Isuofia community on behalf of the members of the State House of Assembly and the entire legislature.

He enjoined them to take solace in the fact that the short but eventful life of the late Okoye was full of quality service to God and humanity.

“We pray God to grant him eternal rest,” he added.

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