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48 Hours to Arrest Killers: Enugu Lawyers Protest Senior Colleague’s Death



Yesterday, lawyers in Enugu State protested the death of their senior colleague, Oyibo Chukwu, a Labour Party (LP) candidate for Enugu East senatorial district.

The lawyers boycotted the courts in their state for 48 hours, in an attempt to force the government and police to address the situation.

The incident happened on Wednesday night at Eke-Otu Amechi-Awkunanaw Enugu when Chukwu and his supporters were attacked, killed and set ablaze in the vehicle by unknown assailants.

On the same night, at Topland by Ebony Paint Road Amechi Awkunanaw, Offor Chukwuegbo’s campaign vehicle was set ablaze and the driver, KC Great, died in the fire.

In response to the incidents, Police Commissioner Ammani ordered investigations and manhunt for the offenders, along with visiting the scenes of the crimes.

The chairmen of the five branches of NBA in Enugu then addressed newsmen at the state High court to express their shock and disappointment, as well as demand for the killers to be brought to justice within 48 hours.

Seth Nwokolo claimed the murder was politically motivated and that it should serve as an example, in warning whoever else may be next.

Charles Nwagbara explained that an injury to one is an injury to all and Chijioke Eze claimed it was a sign of increasing insecurity in Enugu.

The Federal Capital Territory Commissioner of Police Sadiq Abubakar reported 17,401 security personnel were assigned to help maintain peace during the elections.

Nonetheless, the death of Chukwu and his supporters have caused a fair amount of revulsion throughout the state, exemplified through the act of boycotting courts.



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