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  • Updated: April 12, 2024

Anambra: Unknown gunmen assassinate ex-President-General of Amansea, Nwokike

Anambra: Unknown gunmen assassinate ex-President-General of

Chief Cajetan Nwokike, the former President-General of the Amansea Development Union in Anambra State, was assassinated on Thursday morning by unknown gunmen.

His death came less than two months after assassins killed Umuoji's President-General, Chief Silas Onyima, in his bedroom.

Omife I, the National President of the Association of Past Presidents-General of Anambra State, confirmed Nwokike's death in a message to journalists on Friday.

"The Association of Past Presidents-General of Anambra State (APPAS) has received the shocking news of the brutal death of one of her members, Chief Cajetan Nwokike, former PG Amansea, who was allegedly shot dead by unknown gunmen yesterday morning in his house at Amansea.

“The report said that late Cajetan Nwokike was performing his traditional morning prayer of breaking of kola nut that fateful morning when two young men entered his house and shot him point blank on the head, killing him instantly

“APPAS is gravely worried about Chief Nwokike’s death which is one too many and we are appealing to Governor Soludo and the security agents to leave no stone unturned to unmask the perpetrators of this serial killings.

“We have no doubt that Governor Soludo has the capacity to do this, given his track record in security management so far.

“We will deeply miss Chief Cajetan Nwokike, a man who was full of life and very active in APPAS, whose death has created a big vacuum in our Association.

“We condole with his family and assure them that his killers will not go unpunished. May his soul rest in peace,” the statement read.

Meanwhile, Anambra State police have raided a forest in the Ogbaru Local Government Area together with members of other security services to neutralise criminals known locally as "unknown gunmen."

The operation happened on Friday, April 5, 2024, according to a news release issued by SP Tochukwu Ikenga, the spokesman for the Anambra State Police Command.

Ikenga disclosed that the operation was an extension of the hunt for criminals targeting state security units.

"Troops of the Nigerian Army and the Nigerian Navy lent considerable firepower to the operation which completely routed the hoodlums from their hideouts in the forest.

“Several camps were found and destroyed during the operation which lasted several hours. 9 Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) which were recovered from the camps were safely defused by Police Bomb Squad.”

Ikenga said that CP Aderemi Adeoye, the commissioner of the Anambra State Police, praised the military for its unwavering support of the anti-crime campaign.

“He also thanked the DSS, NSCDC, NDLEA, NIS and various Vigilante Groups across the State for the wonderful synergy that is yielding fantastic results in keeping Anambra State Safe.” 

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