By Ikeugonna Eleke
Anambra State governor, Prof Chukwuma Soludo, has revealed that eight persons suspected to be in connection with the murder of the late Anambra lawmaker, Hon Okey Okoye, have been arrested.
Hon Okoye, the lawmaker who represented Aguata State Constituency in the Anambra State House of Assembly, was, Friday, July 22, buried in his home town, Isuofia.
Okoye had been kidnapped alongside his personal assistant, Mr Cyril Chiegboka, in May this year, and were later beheaded with their decapitated bodies found in different places away from their heads.
His burial had attracted several politicians in the state, including the state governor.
Soludo vowed that he would not rest until all the criminals involved in the murder of the lawmaker were brought to face justice. He also expressed solidarity to all the victims of criminality in the state, and reassured that every criminal would face justice
He said, ‘These people are not unknown gunmen. They live among our people, some of them have families and operate from various communities. We need you to help us to identify them so that they can face justice.
‘The gunmen came with their strange religion, but there is no relationship between light and darkness. Their gods drink blood, but ours doesn’t; that’s why we need to fight them together.
‘Eight persons have so far been arrested among those who
participated in the killing of our brother,Okey, and we will not rest until we get all of them.’
The governor also declared what he called operation know-your-tenants, commencing with Isuofia, his community, saying that everyone needed to know those who lived among them, especially non indigenes, as a way of identifying the criminal elements within the communities.
He stated that the state House of Assembly had already written to INEC about the vacuum that existed in the constituency with Hon Okoye’s exit, pointing out that soon a by-election would be conducted to complete his tenure.
He also promised that every entitlement due to the late lawmaker would be paid to the family he left behind.