Shooting of Ukpor Indigene, Speaker Demands Justice

Aug 10, 2018

By Abuchi Onwumelu

Following an alleged shooting of a welder, Mr Okechukwu Ifechigha, a native of Ukpor, in Nnewi South Local Government Area of Anambra State by a police officer, the Speaker of the Anambra State House of Assembly, Mrs Rita Madaugwu, has urged the state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Garba Umar, to wade into what she describes as police brutality in her home community.

In a statement signed and made available to Fides in Awka, the speaker said that her kinsman, Mr. Okechukwu Ifechigha, was shot in both feet in his shop at Ukpor around 8: 30pm by a police officer while arguing with him on why he should be at his workplace by 8:30pm., even when there was no curfew in Ukpor or anywhere in Anambra State.
Barr. Madaugwu said the youths of the community had taken to the streets to protest what she described as man's inhumanity to man, saying that the welder was in his shop working and had no criminal tendency.

She urged the people of Ukpor to remain calm and law abiding, noting that the Police Command in the state was expected to hasten action in addressing the ugly incident.
According to the speaker, an indigene of Ukpor, Miss Igwetu Linda Nkechi, a corps member who was serving in Abuja, was shot dead by a police officer on the eve of her passing out.

Following an alleged shooting of a welder, Mr Okechukwu Ifechigha, a native of Ukpor, in Nnewi South Local Government Area of Anambra State by a police officer, the Speaker of the Anambra State House of Assembly, Mrs Rita Madaugwu, has urged the state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Garba Umar, to wade into what she describes as police brutality in her home community.

In a statement signed and made available to Fides in Awka, the speaker said that her kinsman, Mr. Okechukwu Ifechigha, was shot in both feet in his shop at Ukpor around 8: 30pm by a police officer while arguing with him on why he should be at his workplace by 8:30pm., even when there was no curfew in Ukpor or anywhere in Anambra State.
Barr. Madaugwu said the youths of the community had taken to the streets to protest what she described as man's inhumanity to man, saying that the welder was in his shop working and had no criminal tendency.

She urged the people of Ukpor to remain calm and law abiding, noting that the Police Command in the state was expected to hasten action in addressing the ugly incident.
According to the speaker, an indigene of Ukpor, Miss Igwetu Linda Nkechi, a corps member who was serving in Abuja, was shot dead by a police officer on the eve of her passing out.
'My people have been suffering in the hands of police officers ranging from humiliations to capital punishment. How can a police officer shoot someone like that? If it was in one leg, people would have said, maybe it was a mistake, but, this one.



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