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Onitsha NBA Chairman, Wife Murdered

Posted by Webby on 9/3/2002 3:11:54 PM |

Onitsha NBA Chairman, Wife Murdered

From Nwabueze Okonkwo in Onitsha


Chairman, Onitsha, Anambra State branch of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Mr. B.C. Igwe and his wife, Abigali, were on Sunday evening killed by persons suspected to be assassins.

The NBA chief and his wife were said to have met their untimely death while on visit to a family friend in a Awada Layout, Onitsha.

Confirming the story in a telephone interview yesterday afternoon with THISDAY, the Anambra State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Mr. Yahaya Bello (ASP), said preliminary investigations had begun into the circumstances surrounding Igwe and his wife's assassination.

Yahaya said: "nothing was removed from them and as such the police are looking at the whole thing as assassination, not robbery or accident."

The Vice Chairman, NBA, Onitsha branch, Mr. Chuka Obelle-Chuka, at a press briefing yesterday afternoon, said he had briefed the association's national officers on the incident.

Obelle-Chuka said Igwe, who assumed office last year, received several threat telephone calls allegedly from state government agents three weeks before the murder over the branch's 21-day ultimatum to the state government within which to clear outstanding salary arrears to judiciary workers in particular, the state House of Assembly workers, teachers and state civil servants in general.

He confirmed that, following the NBA ultimatum which expired last week, the state government had not been comfortable to the extent that government officials, individuals and groups mounted an intensive pressure on the branch to back down on its call on Mbadinuju to resign over his inability to clear workers salary arrears to get them back to work.

Obelle-Chuka disclosed that Igwe, who hails from Atta in Njaba Local Government in Imo State, and his wife were shot several times by the assassins, inflicted matchete cuts on them before using a vehicle over their bodies to ensure that they did not survive the attack.

Obelle-Chuka who also confirmed that the bodies of the chairman and his wife had been deposited at the St. Charles Borromeo Hospital, Onitsha, said Igwe returned to Onitsha from Ibadan, Oyo State on Saturday where he attended the national delegate conference of the bar.

He said NBA would not rest on its oars until the culprits are fished out and dealt prosecuted.

The Civil Liberties Organisation (CLO) yesterday condemned what it termed as gruesome and cold-blooded murder of Igwe and his wife.




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