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Tributes Galore as Anambra Lawmakers Bid Farewell to Slain Colleague



By Praise Chinecherem

Lawmakers in the Anambra State House of Assembly on Tuesday eulogised one of their deceased colleagues, Dr Okechukwu Okoye, as they held a valedictory session in his honour.

Okoye represented Aguata Constituency II in the assembly before he was abducted on May 15, while the police in the state confirmed his death on May 21. He was a first term lawmaker and the Chairman, House Committee on Information.

The lawmakers who were adorned in black attires, took turns to describe the Late Okoye in glowing terms, who later observed one-minute silence and filed past the late legislator’s picture.

In his valedictory speech, Speaker of the house, Mr Uche Okafor, described the late Okoye as an outspoken, peaceful, humane, selfless politician and an articulate legislator, who would be greatly missed by all.

“We commiserate with the Okoye family of Isuofia in Aguata Local Government Area of Anambra over the painful death of their son and one of us, Dr Okechukwu Okoye.

“He was abducted and gruesomely  murdered by gunmen in the most horrible and barbaric manner. His death is still shocking to us and the entire state.

“Late Dr Okoye can be described as one of the finest, outspoken and articulate lawmaker. His sense of humour and humane disposition as well as his mastery of the rules of the house distinguished him among his colleagues.

“He was indeed the man of the people and a selfless politician. This  legislative institution, his constituency and the entire state have lost a personality of many positive attributes,” he said.

Also speaking, Gov. Charles Soludo while condoling with the family of Late Okoye, said his administration was taking necessary measures to rid the state of criminals and bring Okoye’s murderers to book.

Soludo who was represented by his Deputy, Dr Onyekachi Ibezim, urged the Assembly and residents to cooperate with the state government and security agencies to address insecurity in the state.

He urged the family of Late Okoye to take heart and assured them of the the state government’s support.

In his comment, Mr Edward Ibuzo, representing Onitsha North Constituency ll, said that Okoye’s demise was an opportunity for everyone to reflect on their mortality.

Speaking on behalf of the late  Okoye’s family, Mr David Okoye, brother to the deceased, thanked the Assembly and demanded justice  for the death of Dr Okechukwu Okoye.

“It is sad that since his death, we have not heard from the Assembly. All we want is justice for the death of our brother.

“Without justice all your eulogies is vanity and if his killers are not brought to book, we do not know who might be next, ” he said.

Another member of the Okoye’s family, Mr Dominic Okafor, urged the legislature to immortalise Late Okoye by  coming up with bills to end insecurity in the state.

The House later adjourned sitting to Thursday

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