AWKA – Anambra State Governor, Prof Chukwuma Soludo has placed a N10 million reward for anyone or group that will give information that will lead to the immediate arrest of the killers of Anambra State lawmaker, Hon. Okechukwu Okoye, member representing Aguata II Constituency at the State House of Assembly and his aide, Cyril Chiegboka.
Isuofia community in Anambra State and the entire state were thrown into morning on Saturday as news filtered in that gunmen had beheaded the lawmaker representing Anambra Governor Charles Soludo in the Assembly.
Hon Okechukwu Okoye’s head was found at Nnobi in Idemili South local government area where it was hanged.
His body was not there with indications strong the killers made away with it.
Both Okoye and Cyril Chiegboka were abducted by terrorists on May 15.
It was gathered that the police later recovered the car and deployed operatives to rescue the lawmaker.
Only on Friday, Soludo had offered hope of rescuing the lawmaker while presenting Anambra’s revised budget to lawmakers.
Anambra Police spokesman Ikenga Tochukwu confirmed that the lawmaker has been killed.
He said: “His head was found along Nnobi road today (Saturday). There is no suspect in custody yet.”
The police spokesperson said the Commissioner of Police in the state, Echeng Echeng, described the lawmaker’s murder as “barbaric and act of cowardice.”
Echeng also commiserated with the family and friends of the lawmaker and assured that the police will track down the killers.
In a viral video circulating online, the freshly beheaded head was seen placed in a carton by the roadside with a handwritten note placed by the side.
Governor Soludo said he received with shock and deep sadness the news of the gruesome murder of Hon. Okoye and his aide, adding that it was probably the same criminal gang that attacked him and killed three policemen at Isuofia two years ago that are once again on the prowl.
Governor 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.
Anambra would soon be a hell for these criminals, Gov Soludo assured.
Soludo reassured the people of the state 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”, Soludo assured, urging Ndi Anambra to brace up for the all out war against the criminals. (TheNiche)