By Jude Atupulazi
Anambra State governor, Chief Willie Obiano, has lashed out at hoodlums terrorizing his state which has led to the killing of many citizens of the state and announced a reward of N20m to anyone whose information would lead to the arrest of the culprits.
Obiano’s statement which came in the form of a state wide broadcast, was in reaction to the latest round of killings in the state which culminated in the death of Dr Chike Akunyili, husband to the late former Information Minister, Prof Dora Akunyili, who was among the victims killed last Tuesday at Nkpor by gunmen.
Obiano who expressed sadness over the latest turn of events, announced a twenty million Naira reward for any useful information leading to the arrest of the perpetrators of the killings.
‘The people behind this must be unmasked and brought to book. I urge citizens to report to us, anybody bearing firearms who is not a security or vigilante personnel, so we can deal with this monster once and for all. Call 07039194332 or approach any security deployment if you have any information. As the Americans say, if you see something, say something.
‘Since last weekend, some armed persons have unleashed terror with sporadic attacks on innocent citizens in various parts of the state.
From the briefings I have received from security commanders, offices of some political parties, branded campaign vehicles and individuals occupying them have been attacked with killings and burning of vehicles observed. Other innocent road users have become victims of this menace, with many losing their lives and others, their property,’ Obiano said.
He regretted that those being killed were fellow Igbos and wondered what motives their killers had.
He said, ‘Ndi Anambra, these attacks and accompanying deaths cannot be justified and must stop now. I have therefore conducted an extensive security meeting and have directed all security agencies to step up and confront this monster ravaging our land. I charge everyone involved in the security architecture of Anambra State to take very seriously, this threat to our livelihood and boldly rise to confront same.
‘Everything that needs to be done will be done and no stone will be left unturned in this effort. My directive to this effect is clear and I urge every security personnel on duty in Anambra State to do his utmost best to secure our people.
‘To all citizens of Anambra State and every person living and doing business in our state, I urge you now to join forces with us to confront this common enemy. We cannot condone this savagery for any reason whatsoever. I therefore call on all our youths in the state to rise up and protect our communities. Traditional rulers, presidents general, clergy men, vigilante groups and all leadership structures, must now take responsibility and in conjunction with the police, military and other law enforcement agencies, work to restore order immediately.
‘At this point, I wish to most heartily condole with the families of all those who have lost their loved ones in the course of these senseless attacks. I promise you that we will leave no stone unturned in getting justice for them. May their souls rest in peace.’
He urged all citizens of the state to unite in the fight against all forms of terror, intimidation and tyranny, assuring that the state would not succumb to invaders. He also expressed his conviction that no Anambra son would indulge in that kind of behavior; even as he warned all those promoting and participating in the violent attacks to leave Anambra or pay a high price when the state caught up with them.
Obiano urged all law abiding citizens and persons living in the state to go about their lawful businesses.
‘We must now all go to work and take back our state. This is Anambra, the Light of the Nation, where darkness has no place. The events of the last one week will not be allowed to fester and by God’s grace, we shall overcome,’ he prayed.