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Okorocha mourns slain Imo official, charges police to apprehend culprits


GOVERNOR Rochas Okorocha of Imo state, has expressed deep sadness over the gruesome murder about 5 p.m. on Sunday of a commissioner in the Imo State House of Assembly Service Commission and an All Progressives Congress (APC) chieftain in the state, Tobias Onyekele by unknown gunmen.

  In a statement on Tuesday signed by the governor’s Senior Special Assistant, Media ( Media), Mr. Sam Onwueomeodo,  in Owerri and made available to The Guardian, Okorocha urged the police authorities to take necessary steps in order to track down the assassins.

He also appealed to the family members of the deceased to be calm and wait for the outcome of the investigations.

  The statement states: “The governor of the State, His Excellency, Owelle Rochas Okorocha has strongly condemned the gruesome murder of a chieftain of All Progressives Congress, APC, and a Commissioner in the State House of Assembly Service Commission, Mr. Tobias Onyekele, by gunmen on Sunday, and has called on the police to leave no stone unturned in their investigation to unveil the elements behind the murder, and to ensure that they are brought to book.

 The governor said when the news of the murder got to him, he could not understand why anybody could think of killing such a man and that was why he drove himself to the scene of the incident to know exactly what happened.

His Excellency said he would give the police all the needed support and cooperation to ensure that those behind this wicked act do not go unpunished. 

 He regretted that some ugly stories that had not been heard in the state for quite some time now have begun to reoccur because some politicians are yet to believe in free and fair election, and also that God gives power.

  The governor urged the family of the murdered APC chieftain to remain calm and wait for the outcome of the police investigation. 

 He expressed optimism in the ability of the Police to ensure that the culprits must be apprehended to defend themselves over the senseless murder of an innocent Imolite.”

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