Police Stakehokders Partnership Forum (PSPF) Anambra State has expressed deep sadness by the tragedy of the December 25, 2019 (Christmas day) shooting resulting to the death of one Onyeocha Umuokwu in Alor, Idemili LGA Anambra State.
“We, in the PSPF Anambra State, have noted initial reports alleging that the shooting was carried out by a Policeman who allegedly aimed at a cow about to escape but accidentally shot and killed the victim.
We have also noted statements issued by both the police and DSS denying allegations that their personnel were responsible for the shooting.
PSPF notes that a human life has been cut short prematurely and the Anambra State Police Command has a duty to conduct prompt, impartial and exhaustive investigation into cases of crime against the state such as the one at hand with a view to ensuring that justice is done. In this particular case, credible investigation is warranted to unravel the truth, identify the person who carried out the shooting and the motive, and the matter charged to court in accordance with the law.
We call on the Anambra State Command to delay no further in discharging its legal responsibility to carry out investigation and ensure that the matter is promptly charged to court.
Justice must be served for the victim, the perpetrator and the society in accordance with the Anambra State Administration of Criminal Justice Law 2010.
Prince Chris Azor, Chairman, Anambra State Civil Society Network
Dr Harrison Etaga
Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU)
Barr. Chisom Chude
International Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA)
Rev. Canon Jason Onyeakagbusi (Society for Equity Justice and Peace)
Mrs Francisca Ebelechukwu.
Sustainable Development for Peace and Social Responsibility
C.O. Okite, esq.
Chief Godwin Orjiakor
Southeast Association of Town Unions