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Prosecute Trigger-Happy Policemen, APC Urges Obiano

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Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra State should take steps to ensure that Corporal Christopher Ozor, and all members of his patrol team involved in the gruesome murder of two youth residents of Nkpor,Idemili North LGA on Wednesday, April 15,2020, are charged to court immediately.

To this end, we renew our call that the courts are part of essential services and should resume and remain active skeletally, like other arms of government,due precautions observed.

Also to be prosecuted are the policemen involved in the shooting at Umunze, Orumba South LGA of the state in the same period, which injured an Anambra citizen and damaged his car extensively,owing to alleged extortion.

These cases cannot be investigated elastically,without tight time frames ,checks and balances, even as we welcome the advice given by Anambra State Police Commissioner, Mr. John Abang, to men under his command ,FOR THE FUTURE.

It is important to state that in both cases , no arrests were made by the police and no prosecution was initiated, which invalidates tales being spinned from the executive culprits to justifiable a set of avoidable killings and wilful injuries, founded on wrong use of live ammunition,which has placed Anambra State under greater danger than CoronaVirus ,going by fatalities and casualties recorded so far.

It is notable that incidents involving unwarranted viciousness and brutalism of Anambra State citizens continue to happen because we have a state government that has abandoned its duty of protection of its citizens and continues to falter on basic rudiments of governance in a presidential system of democracy.

It is instructive that the comatose House of Assembly in Anambra State has called its idle membership out of recess, after the murder of Anambra Citizens to enact a law covering the CoronaVirus pandemic, an exercise that states like Lagos and Kaduna, who understand their onions have long put behind.

Out state cannot continue to thrive on ‘copycatism’ by those who feel inconvenienced by the call to duty of governance, but are rather enthralled by the glamour.

We warn that no law made by the so- called Anambra State House of Assembly, which is only now being summoned by the governor should be backdated,as we would not hesitate to challenge its validity of that premise.

While we continue to support all reasonable measures aimed at curbing the spread of CoronaVirus is Anambra State, we remain vehemently opposed to knee- jerk which endangers Anambra citizens, particularly in the area of extra judicial killings, retributive violence , hunger and lawlessness,which were foretold in our previous statements.

To this end we demand that a group of youth unknown to Nigerian statutes or Anambra State laws called KONTI SQUAD,who take liberty to block federal roads in the state particularly around Umunnachi and Dunukofia axis,should be rounded up and brought to book.

Our preliminary checks show that ‘ Konti’ is the nickname for an illegal occupant of Local Government office, undemocratically imposed by Governor Obiano on Dunukofia LG of the state.

If an illegal government can be imposed on Dunukofia because the state government of the day has no respect for the nation’s constitution, nothing empowers such an illegal government to raise an army that is blocking Old Enugwu- Onicha Road ,imposing levies and terrorising those making essential movement to keep the state going in a difficult period. Yet we have a state government and a full compliment of law enforcement agents.

We seize this opportunity to plead on our knees that Anambra State Government should update the state on management of its index COVID 19 case, contact tracing and other matters in the nucleus of the COVID 19 struggle.

For : ALL PROGRESSIVES CONGRESS (APC),ANAMBRA STATE CHAPTER .

Okelo Madukaife
State Publicity Secretary

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