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Otti condemns killing of LP chieftain in Abia

Alex Otti leading in Abia

…directs security agents to fish out

Governor Alex Otti of Abia State has condemned in strong terms the killing of a Maduka Zakari, a chieftain of the Labour Party, in Uturu, Isiukwuato Local Government Area (LGA) of the State by yet-to-be identified assailants.

Zakri was beheaded by hoodlums on Wednesday night, according to sources.
Zakari, 70, hailed from Ezieke Akpukpa, a community in Isuikwuato Local Government Area of Abia State.

It was gathered that the hoodlums, numbering about 10 wielded pump action rifles, machetes and other dangerous weapons when they stormed the community.

The hoodlums, it was gathered, later shot the victim at a drinking joint in Amelechi, a village in the Akpukpa Community.

Otti described the gruesome murder of Zakari, who was beheaded by his killers, as insane, barbaric and vicious, and called on security agents 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.

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The Abia State Governor in a statement signed, by Ferdinand Ekeoma, his special adviser on Media and Publicity, expressed sadness that the late Zakari, who distinguished himself during the last general election, as the Labour Party campaign manager 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.

Otti promised that the government would stand by his family and give them all the necessary support required, as they deal with the sad loss.

This is as the Abia State Governor, 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.”

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The initiative according to Otti, has reduced 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.