The Indigenous People of Biafra [IPOB] has charged the Abia state governor, Okezie Ikpeazu, to show them proof that soldier who killed a commercial motorcycle rider [Okada], Mr. Chimaobi Uzuokwa Nwogu. has been arrested.
ElombahNews reported how a soldier attached to the Army checkpoint located at Ohanze Isiahia community, in Obingwa council area of Abia State, reportedly shot dead Mr. Nwogu for allegedly refusing to part with N100 bribe.
According to eyewitnesses’ account, the deceased had refused to give the soldiers at the checkpoint the N100 they had demanded.
One of the soldiers was said to have pursued Chimaobi on another motorcycle.
The soldier was said to have trailed him to his village in Umuokereke Ngwa community in the same Obingwa LGA and shot him dead in front of his father’s compound.
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Consequent upon protests by local residents, Governor Ikpeazu had assured them that the law had taken its course in the name of justice.
However, in a statement issued on Friday by IPOB Media and Publicity Secretary, Emma Powerful, no arrest was made as claimed by the governor.
The statement reads in part:
“It is unbelievable that Okezie Ikpeazu and the Police Commissioner in Abia State announced the arrest of the killer soldiers involved in the death of Chimaobi Nworgu.
“Nobody has ever seen any picture or video of the murderers as is customary with Nigerian Police anytime they arrest suspects in high profile cases.
“No news conference where their full names, ranks and division they are serving in the army were made public. The pattern of covering up for the worst excesses of Fulani terror soldiers continues in Igboland.
“Biafrans must know there is no iota of truth in the widely circulated lie that those soldiers responsible for the death of Chimaobi are under custody.
“What we are demanding is very simple, pictorial or video evidence that those that shot and killed Chimaobi are in custody.
“Their names must be made public and a commitment extracted from the army to vacate every checkpoint in Biafraland.
“The hurried and clearly orchestrated announcement by Okezie Ikpeazu and his commissioner of police in Abia State is nothing more than just that, a mere announcement. It means nothing and solves nothing.
“We reiterate our demand that those responsible must be arrested and prosecuted or else Okezie Ikpeazu is merely embarking on an exercise in futility.”