Ukwulu attack: Activate proper discreet investigation into Dunukofia attack, rape, don’t dismiss it, APC urges Soludo

The All Progressives Congress (APC), Anambra state chapter has condemned a press release issued by Anambra State Government, through the Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr Christian Aburime on what the party described as a core security concern set around Ukwulu, Dunukofia Local Government Area of the state, a release the APC dismissed as hasty, preposterous, shocking and condemnable.

The APC Anaambra State Publicity Secretary, Mr Okelo Madukaife in a reaction said the statement which he described as surprising was not issued by the state Commissioner for Information. He said the release dismissed the narration of claims from a couple sharing their concerns on an attack by a certain group in a particular area with a profile of such previous attacks and plastered a political underlay over it, to the effect that it was the handiwork of political detractors.

He said that governments should not work that way.

“If indeed the right quarters of government digested that narrative that is full of specifics, the only thing that would have made sense at this stage is the acknowledgement of that narrative.

“The next logical cause of action as expected by all reasonable men and women of Anambra State – and they are in the majority- is to activate a proper discreet investigation into the facts availed in the admittedly anonymous expose, by opening a channel to profile the author.

“In 2021, an APC governorship aspirant was kidnapped in the lonely location described in the narrative and negotiated his way through family and friends after paying a princely sum.

“This matter having been properly incidented ought to be embodied in the security reports available to the Governor.

“If that is the case and if anyone in the Chukwuma-Soludo Government, which monopolizes the functions of 22 governments bothers to read these reports, that matter ought not to have been dismissed by a press release.

“It is our take that Anambra State Government should solicit and elicit all possible and available assistance from all cadre of security agencies to unearth the truth around the supposed incident.

“We remain open to the possibility of the story being real or unfounded, but the author having been profiled in the first instance would in the latter case now be made to bear the consequences of misleading government on sensitive security issues.

“It is bad enough that twenty five months after a new government was ushered in in March 2022, not less than four local governments in Anambra State particularly in Ihiala-Nnewi axis are in captivity; cannot bury their dead at home or hold marriages or other ceremonies under the watch of a Governor whose spokesman hastily declares his state as the safest that people want to tarnish.

“To allow Dunukofia LGA, which by the way is home to Zone 13 headquarters of the Nigerian Police, covering Anambra and two other states get into that quagmire will be too much plague in a single four years.

“We urge the Government of Anambra State to arise and get its job done as we plead with all other commentators, be they traditional rulers, NGOs or other clout chasers to pull back and let the matter at hand be investigated.

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