Anambra Police Shooting: State Government visits deceased families, offer financial support


Anambra State Government delegation, yesterday visited the families of the deceased who died as a result of clashes with Policemen enforcing restriction order imposed by the State Government on commercial motorcycles.

Anambra Civil Society Network was part of the Team led by the Transition Chairman, Aguata Local Government Area, Chief Eche Ezeibe accompanied by Chairman, Ohaneze Youth, Comrade Chukwuma Okpalaezeukwu, Nkwado Chukwuka Onwughalu, 1st Vice President ASATU Youth Wing/ Coordinator ASATU Youth Wing, Anambra South, Leaders of Non Indigenes, Hon. Ferguson Okpara and Comrade Chigozie Henry Nweke, who were joined by other stakeholders from Igbo-Ukwu and Ekwulobia districts.

Chief Ezeibe, while delivering the condolence message from the State Governor, Chief (Sir) Willie Obiano, assured the wives of the two deceased motorcyclists, Messrs Ebere Nwoga and Izunna Alaka, both from Ikwo in Ebonyi State, that the visit was just an initial show of sympathy and empathy as the Government of Anambra State was fully committed to their welfare.

He also promised to ensure that justice was served in their case, and presented a condolence gift of N500,000.00 to each of them.

The families of the deceased while appreciating the Governor’s kind gesture and rapid response thanked the State government delegates for their intervention.

The Non Indigenes and other stakeholders at the gathering, promised to ensure cessation of hostilities and peaceful coexistence, going forward.

Anambra State Civil Society Network (ACSONET), an independent platform for protection of citizens and Non state Actors rights, had earlier reported a case of killing of two commercial motorcycle operators in Igboukwu, Aguata LGA, Anambra State on December 15 and 16th, 2020.

In that report, ACSONET also observed that both the Governor of Anambra State and the Commissioner of Police were swift in responding to the sad incidents by publicly denouncing the act as unprofessional and unjustifiable.

The State police command promptly arrested and took the policeman into custody, with assurance to investigate and take appropriate disciplinary actions.

“Sequel to these interventions, we reiterate our call on citizens and members of the communities, to exercise restraint and refrain from further taking the law into their hands. We rather urge them to give the police and the Governor, the opportunity to address the challenges, as they had already started doing.

“We humbly, appeal to His Excellency, the Governor and the Commissioner of Police (CP) to ensure that investigations and measures being taken in these matters are appropriate, transparent, firm, fair and conclusive in order to ensure accountability, redress, deterrence and Justice”, ASCONET stated.

Photo: Anambra State Governor, Chief Willie Obiano.

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