Soludo, Assembly bid farewell to beheaded Anambra lawmaker


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

Okoye represented Aguata Constituency II in the Assembly before he was abducted on May 15, and later the police confirmed that he was beheaded by hoodlums masquerading as unknown gunmen.

He was a first term lawmaker and the Chairman, House Committee on Information.

In his valedictory speech, the 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.

The Speaker said, “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.

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

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 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.

He said,”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 are vanity and if his killers are not brought to book, we do not know who might be next.”

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 lawmakers thereafter observed one-minute silence and filed past the late legislator’s picture.The House adjourned sitting to Thursday

By Ifeizu Joe

Ifeizu is a seasoned journalist and Managing Editor of TheRazor. He has wide knowledge of Anambra State and has reported the state objectively for over a decade.

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