Okey Sampson, Umuahia
Youths numbering over 1,000 from Umuokpo community in Obingwa Local
Government yesterday protested the killing of one of their kinsman by
an official of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC).
The NSCDC official whose name was given as Inspector Robinson Otobong
Abel was said to have shot and killed one Onyedikachi Nwaogu in front
of his compound at Umuokoro, Umuokpo.
The protesters comprising youths from the area and other sympathizers,
marched with the corpse from to Umuokpo to Aba city about kilometres
where they were confronted by several patrol teams of soldiers and
Efforts of the Transition Committee Chairman of Obingwa Council, Chief
Kingsley Nnaji, failed to sway the youths to abort the protest as they
defied the security agents amidst sporadic gunshots and the down that
took the whole of yesterday in Abia, to parade the corpse at some
media houses in Aba.
It was gathered that the NSCDC official attached to the Akwa Ibom
State command, was accompanying some white men to Akwa Ibom State when
he shot Nwaogu as the hilux van in which they were travelling with
made way to pass through his (Nwaogu’s) compound due to the
dilapidated state of the Aba- Ikot Ekpene highway in the area.
But the deceased was said to have insisted that the hilux jeep ply the
Aba- Ikot Ekpene highway as his father’s compound was not a road.
Residents of the community told journalists that the NSCDC official
after barking at the deceased to make way pulled his gun and shot him
on the legs and fired another shot on his stomach.
After the shooting, he (NSCDC official) reportedly threw the body of
Nwogu into the back of the hilux jeep and speed off towards the border
with Akwa Ibom state.
However, security men at the border were said to have arrested the
NSCDC personnel and others with him while the youths set ablaze the
Eze-elect of the Community, Chief Micah Ohajuru , urged the federal
government to urgently rehabilitate the Aba-Ikot Ekpene highway to
save lives, stressing that the incident would have been averted if the
road was in good condition.
The officer is said to have been detained at the Umuobiakwa Police
Division, while the body of the deceased is said to have been
deposited at the mortuary of Christian Hospital, Nlagu in Obingwa LGA.
Abia State Commissioner of Police, Janet Agbede, could not be reached
for her reaction, but a senior police officer in the state confirmed
the incident and the arrest of the suspect.
Meanwhile, the Abia State government has called for call in the area
and commended all the security agencies that ensured the arrest of the
A statement by the commissioner for Information, Chief John Okiyi-Kalu
said Abia State Government condemn in totality the apparent act of
carelessness and callousness that has led to the loss of yet another
precious life under avoidable circumstances.
The statement said no stone will be left unturned in ensuring that
justice was swiftly done in the matter.
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