BY SUNNY A. DAVID
Anambra State governor, Prof. Chukwuma Soludo, has revealed that eight people suspected to be in connection with the murder of the late Anambra lawmaker, Hon. Okey Okoye, have been arrested.Hon. Okoye, the lawmaker who represented Aguata state constituency in the Anambra State House of Assembly, was on Friday buried in his hometown, Isuofia.Hon. Okoye had been kidnapped alongside his personal assistant, Mr. Cyril Chiegboka, in May this year, and both were later beheaded, with their decapitated bodies found in different places, away from their heads.Okoye’s burial ceremony attracted several politicians in the state, including the state governor.Prof. Soludo said he will not rest on his oars until all the criminals involved in the gruesome murder of the lawmaker are brought to justice, and he also expressed his solidarity with all the victims of criminality in the state, and reassured that every criminal will surely face justice.He said: “These people are not unknown gunmen. They live among our people, some of them have families and operate from various communities. We need you to help us identify them so that they can face justice. The gunmen came with their strange religion, but there is no relationship between light and darkness. Their gods drink blood, but ours doesn’t, that’s why we need to fight them together. Eight persons have so far been arrested, among those who participated in the killing of our brother Okey, and we will not rest until we get all of them.”The governor also declared ‘operation know your tenants,’ commencing with Isuofia, his community, saying that everyone needs to know those who live amongst them, especially non-indigenes, as a way of identifying the criminal elements within the communities.He stated that the State House of Assembly had already written to INEC about the vacuum that exists in the constituency with Hon. Okoye’s exit, pointing out that soon a by-election will be conducted to complete his tenure. He also promised that every entitlement due to the late lawmaker will be paid to the family he left behind.