OJI FARMER KILLING: DEPUTY MINORITY LEADER CALLS FOR ARREST AND PROSECUTION OF CULPRITS

The Deputy Minority leader, House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Toby Okechukwu, has called the attention of the president, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari{rtd.} and the inspector general of police, Muhammed Adamu, to the recurrent gruesome murder occurring in Oji river LGA of Enugu state.

UGAMATV earlier reported that a certain farmer, Mr. Eugene Illoabani of Isiokwe village in Amankpunato autonomous community of Oji river LGA, was brutally hacked to death in his farm. the deceased was reportedly not the first victim of such heartless butchering by Fulani herdsmen within the Oji axis. His remains was found, destroyed with deep matchete cuts.

Hon. Okechukwu, who is the member representing Awgu, Aninri and Oji river federal constituency, has insisted on the immediate arrest,prosecution and possible conviction of the perpetrators of such cruel killing.

He disclosed this in his press statement on wednesday, where he also conveyed his condolences to the destabilized family of the deceased. He also hopes that bringing the culprits to book will serve as a deterrent factor for their cohorts,bandits and other criminals.

In his press release, Okechukwu said”

“While I commend the Government of Enugu State for its efforts at securing the State through investments in security, I call on the President and IGP to get our farms and state rid of criminal herders, hoodlums, and other forms of criminals immediately.

“The primary purpose of government is the welfare of the people and security of lives and property. While we appreciate the myriads of challenges faced by the police and the efforts by the current IGP to reposition the agency for modern policing, we cannot possibly continue to allow our people to suffer repeated gruesome deaths in the hands of prowling criminals, who derive joy in killing, raping, and pillaging communities in their own lands.

“I am also afraid that hunger virus would loom larger in the nearest future unless decisive steps are taken by the Federal Government, which is the sole custodian of instruments of coercion, to tame these criminalities, as people are getting more afraid to go to their farms”.

While calling on the President to deploy more resources to the Nigeria Police to help build its capacity to protect lives and property better, he equally urged him to lend his political weight to the Bill for the Establishment of State Police.

“From the nationwide incidences of killing, kidnapping, rape, and plundering by bandits, criminal herdsmen, insurgents, armed robbers, kidnap gangs, and other criminal syndicates it is very clear that we have a lot of work to do.

“The Federal Government needs to render more material support to the current IGP in his efforts to groom the Nigeria Police into a truly modern, civil, and portent homeland security outfit.

“Also, by the success recorded by the current administration in Enugu State with the introduction of Forest guards and Neighbourhood Watch groups in all communities, it becomes clearer that we can do better when states are constitutionally empowered to set up their individual state police service to complement the efforts of the federal security agencies.

“It becomes imperative, therefore, for Mr. President to also lend his political weight to the Bill for the Establishment of State Police sponsored by Senator Ike Ike Ekweremadu in the current National Assembly”, Okechukwu added.

HON. TOBY OKECHUKWU

Deputy Minority Leader, House of Representatives

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