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A member of the Anambra State House of Assembly, Dr Okechukwu Okoye, who was earlier kidnapped, was yesterday beheaded even as Governor Soludo announced a ₦10m reward for anyone with useful information on his killers.
The lawmaker, popularly known as “Okey Di Okay” was kidnapped late on Sunday.
Until his unfortunate kidnap and death, Okoye was representing the Aguata North constituency, the same community as the governor of the state, Prof. Chukwuma Chukwuma Soludo.
Soludo, who confirmed his kidnap on Thursday, during the presentation of the 2022 revised budget to the state House of Assembly, regretted his abduction and assured that the lawmaker would be rescued soon as security agencies were working round the clock to ensure his release.
Governor Soludo has consequently placed N10m reward for anyone or group that will avail valuable information that will lead to the immediate arrest of the perpetrators of this dastardly act. Anambra will soon be hell for these criminals.
But his freshly beheaded head was mounted at the Chisco Park in Amichi community, Anambra State on Saturday.
In a viral video circulating online, the freshly beheaded head was seen placed in a carton by the roadside with a handwritten note placed by the side.
Calls put across to the media aide of the governor, Christian Aburime, were not answered and text message was not responded to.
The state police spokesman, Tochukwu Ikenga, has yet to respond to the text message put across to his phone line.
Ikenga had last week confirmed the lawmaker’s kidnap, saying the deceased’s black Siena bus, which he was driving before the incident, had been recovered.
condemned the murder of the lawmaker representing Aguata II Constituency at the state House of Assembly, Okechukwu Okoye.
Okoye and his aide, Cyril Chiegboka, were kidnapped while returning from a function last Sunday.
In a statement on Saturday night, the governor’s media aide, Christian Aburime, described as “heartless” and “barbaric”, the gruesome murder of the lawmaker.
The governor said it was with rude shock and deep sadness that the news of the murder came to him.
He also condoled with the victim’s kinsmen in Isuofia, noting that it is probably the same criminal gang that attacked him and killed three policemen at Isuofia two years ago that is once again on the prowl.
He said, ‘But they can never cow down Isuofia and Anambra State.’
Soludo reassures Ndi Anambra of the government’s resolve and renewed determination with the security agencies to go all out against the criminals and ensure they are brought to justice.