By; Ifeanyi Okonkwo (Anambra),
The Members of Anambra State House of Assembly have condemned the killing of Mrs. Ugoefuna by unknown men at Nteje in Oyi Local Government Area (LGA) of Anambra State and have called on security agencies in the country to be pro- active.
Member representing Oyi Constituency at the State House of Assembly, Hon. Vivian Okadigbo, on Tuesday 17th April 2018, brought to the notice of the House Members, under a matter of urgent intervention on the killing of a widow by name, Mrs. Ugoefuna, who was still mourning her late husband in her farm by 3 unknown men after she was raped by them.
Speaking at the plenary, Hon. Okadigbo lamented on the barbaric act stating that, “Enough is enough! Everybody in Oyi constituency is afraid because no one knows who is next”.
“This matter is already with the Police and the state CID. We are calling on the Commissioner of Police to intervene in this matter and also beef up security in Oyi and environs, in other that, such act will not repeat its self”, she concluded.
Hon. Chigbo Enwezor, member representing Onitsha North 1, while adding his voice on the issue, expressed his sadness over the matter saying, “We cannot continue to like this. The main aim of government is to protect the life of the citizens. What is happening in Nigeria is becoming abnormal. Section 217 of the constitution places the protection of life and property of its citizens to the government”.
Hon. Enwezor, called on the Federal Government who controls the security agencies through the Inspector General of Police to please come to the aid of Nigerians were ever they may be, as stated on section 33 on the right to life.
Hon. Obinna Emeneka member representing Anambra East Constituency on his part also condemned the killing of the widow. He advised Ndi-Anambra to be alert and vigilant. “We cannot continue to receive this kind of news or information especially at a time Anambra is celebrating the safest state in the country. I am calling on the appropriate bodies to rise to the occasion so as to prevent such act from happening again”.
Member representing Awka South 1, Hon. Nnemdi Okafor said, “This is a very bad news and it is saddening for a widow who is struggling to make ends meet be killed in this manner. It is unfortunate that the governor does not have absolute control of the security agency because orders must be given from above (Abuja). There should be implementation of state police”, he advised.
The Majority leader of the House, Hon.Victor Jideofor Okoye member representing Anambra West added by saying, “This calls for an urgent attention! We have to equip the vigilantes and the DSS should partner with other security agencies by being pro-active and sustain the security system”.