Ogbonnaya Ikokwu, Umuahia
The Abia state Governor Alex Otti, has condemned in strong terms the killing of a chieftain of the Labour Party, Mr. Maduka Zakari, in Uturu, Isuikwuato LGA of the statetate by yet to be identified assailants.
Otti, in a statement by his Special Adviser to the Governor
Media and Publicity Mr Ferdinand Ekeoma on Friday described the gruesome murder of Zakari who was beheaded by his killers as insane, barbaric and vicious, and called on security agents from different security agencies to swing into action and ensure that whoever was involved in the killing, directly or indirectly is brought to justice and made to pay heavily for their ungodly action.
The Governor expressed sadness that the Late Zakari who distinguished himself during the last general election as the Labour Party campaign canager in Uturu and who was said to have played active roles as a community leader in fighting kidnapping, had his life cut short when he was supposed to reap the fruits of good governance being initiated by the Labour Party government.
He promised that the government would stand by his family and give them all the necessary support required as they deal with this sad loss.
The state chief executive restated his commitment to ensuring absolute protection of life and property in Abia state in particular and South East in general, which necessitated the recent launch of a joint security Taskforce codenamed “Operation Crush”, an initiative which has caused serious reduction in all kinds of criminal activities in the state, especially kidnapping at Lokpanta part of the state and assured that security agents would sustain a robust onslaught on those who desire to build a criminal enclave in any part of Abia state.