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Nkpor Killings: Azubogu Calls for Official Inquest Urges Restraint; Justice for the Dead

The member representing Nnewi North, Nnewi South and Ekwusigo Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives, Hon. Chris Emeka Azubogu, has condemned the reported killing by the Police at Nkpor, Idemili North L.G.A., Anambra State, which left two citizens dead some days ago.

The incident occurred as Police operatives upped efforts to enforce the COVID-19 inspired 14-day total lockdown ordered by the state government.

But Hon. Azubogu is calling for an official inquest into the circumstances that led to the killing of the two youths.

The lawmaker who strongly deplored the use of brute force by law enforcement agents against ‘hungry and angry citizens’ in their bid to enforce the total lockdown, however advised the people not to take the law into their hands or resort to rioting while questing for justice for the young men, who, he said, were regretfully cut down in their prime.

‘Resorting to rioting and or wanton destruction of property isn’t the way to go. What is required at this curve is to institute an official inquiry with a view to ascertaining the true circumstances that led to the brutal murder of two citizens and subsequently ensure that those found culpable are made to face the full weight of the law.

‘In addition, the Governor of Anambra State may consider a graduated lockdown that allows residents limited movement within their locales on specific days to allow them access to essential services for the period the lockdown lasts as a way of averting a hunger induced social unrest,’ Azubogu suggested.

Hon. Azubogu, who agrees that the lockdown is necessary to effectively checkmate the spread of COVID-19 in the state, further called for some freedom to be given to people in search of essential services.

Concluding, the University of Nigeria Nsukka trained Engineer, deeply commiserated with the families of the deceased and called on the citizenry to unite their efforts with those of Gov Willie Obiano at this critical time to salvage the state from the pandemic.

‘We just have to unite behind the State Governor at this point in time so that we will win this war together,’ he said

By Chioma Ndife

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