Just In : Kidnapped Anambra Lawmaker, Beheaded
A serving member of the Anambra State House of Assembly, Dr Okechukwu Okoye, who was kidnapped by hoodlums suspected to be gunmen has been beheaded.
The head of the lawmaker, popularly known as “Okey Di Okay” who was kidnapped late on Sunday, was displayed at Chisco park, Amichi community
Okoye, before his untimely death, represented the Aguata II State Constituency, constituency of the state governor, Prof. Charles Chukwuma Soludo.
The lawmaker was taken away in his Lexus Jeep vehicle within his constituency, the Isuofia community, precisely.
The traditional ruler of the community, Igwe (Col.) C. A. O Muoghalu had earlier condemned in the strongest possible terms the kidnapping of the Lawmaker.
The Monarch described the incident as one of the worst crimes unimaginable committed against not only the Isuofia community but to Aguata II State Constituency and the generality of Anambra state.
His reaction was contained in a statement signed in Awka, on Monday, by his Palace Secretary, Comrade Chukwujekwu Orajiuka
The statement read; It is with shock, grief and contempt that HRH, Igwe (Col.) C.A.O. Muoghalu, Isu Nk’Ibua n’Isuofia, received the Sunday, 15th May 2022, sad kidnapping of Hon. (Dr.) OkeChukwu Okoye, the member representing Aguata II State Constituency, and one of the foremost sons of the Isuofia community in Aguata Local Government Area of Anambra State.
His Highness condemned in the strongest possible terms the kidnapping of Dr Okoye.
This is one of the worst crimes unimaginable committed against not only the Isuofia community, but to Aguata II State Constituency and the generality of Anambra, and there can be no excuses for this wicked act. No one should ever go through the traumatic experience of being a victim of violence, be it political or otherwise.
Nigeria seems to be living through the normalisation of political violence, and abduction has remained a stubbornly grim part of the electioneering life in the rest of Nigeria. And so, the plot to vanquish the political pursuits of Dr Okoye is totally condemned.
But we must be honest about what it really is: the result of violent, hateful, vengeful and divisive rhetoric that is all too common across our country.
There must be consequences for those who commit these heinous crimes.