How kidnapped Anambra lawmaker Okechukwu Okoye was killed

Okechukwu Okoye, the lawmaker representing Aguata 2 Constituency in Anambra State House of Assembly, has been beheaded.

Aguata is Governor Charles Soludo’s community.

Okoye was abducted alongside his aide Cyril Chiegboka on May 15 along Aguluzigbo road, Anaocha Local Government Area of the state.

His head was dumped at Chisco park in Amichi, a community in Nnewi South Local Government Area of the state on Saturday, six days after he was abducted. A video clip that captured the head dumped at the park has gone viral on social media.

In the clip, two warning notes, believed to have been written by the gunmen, were dropped on the road.

“We give the politicians 48 hours to withdraw all the soldiers in Biafraland or face our wrath or the consequences,” the gunmen said in one of the notes.

In the second note, the gunmen appeared to be threatening politicians “colluding” with law enforcement officers.

“We will attack you one by one because soldiers and police (officers) are no longer our problem,” the second note said.

Confirming the killing, Anambra police spokesperson Tochukwu Ikenga in a statement Saturday night said the lawmaker’s headless body was later found along Ideani road, Nnobi community, Idemili South Local Government Area of the state.

“(With) further information and confirmation, (we) identified the corpse as (that of) Hon Okechukwu Okoye,” Ikenga said.

In the statement, the police commissioner Echeng Echeng described the lawmaker’s murder as “barbaric and act of cowardice.”

The statement was silent on the lawmaker’s aide Chiegboka. However, reports say the aide was also murdered.