Weekly Trust

Asadu: The darkest side of Enugu’s many killings

The killing of Kwara State Commissioner of Police Mr. Chinweike Asadu in Enugu his home town, shocking as it was, only exposes the numerous but new style of killings now going on in the state.

The killing in Enugu Saturday, March 2, 2013 of the Kwara State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Chinweike Asadu by unknown gunmen, has again brought to the front burner the rather increasing rate of insecurity in a state that has, hitherto remained rather peaceful since the present administration of Governor Sullivan Chime came into office.
Enugu residents probably thought that the ban on the use of motor-cycles was the solution to violent crimes such as arm robbery, murder and kidnapping, but the criminals appear to have devised another method.
Just recently, Enugu is gradually witnessing cases of killings by yet-to-be identified armed men. Around 10am on December 26, 2012 at Egbugwuaku community in Igbo-Etiti Local Government Area of Enugu State, a U.S-based Economist, Mr. Ogbo Bonnard Edoga, 56, was brutally shot dead by unknown armed men who took away his money and other vital belongings. Edoga’s twin sister, also a U.S-based journalism teacher at Fresno City College, Dr. Dympna Ugwu-Oju said, amidst sobs, that what pained her most was the way “they slaughtered him like a dog.” It is not clear if those who murdered Edoga had been apprehended. Sometime last year, one Corporal Sunday Elisha with the state police command was killed at  Nsukka just as a juju priest known as Ojenamuo (one who goes to the land of the spirit) was murdered at the same Nsukka where one Catholic Priest was equally abducted.
Last week along the Rangers Avenue in the Independence Layout of the Enugu metropolis, one Corporal Marcus Amos of the state police command was violently shot dead by unknown gunmen while he was on official duty. As at the time of writing this report, it is not certain that the killers of Marcos had been arrested.
Sadly, Enugu State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Tonye Ebitibituwa, who briefed reporters on the state of security in the state early in the week said, “there is no denial of the fact that a police man was killed and his gun taken away last week along Rangers Avenue, Independence Layout, Enugu. I think this is a new trend that we have not experienced before in Enugu. In fact, it was this new trend of killing police men and taking away their weapons that we were discussing when the news of the killing of the Commissioner of Police, Kwara State, Chinweike Asadu got to us.”
Asadu’s murder occurred around 10 pm at Amorji Nike, near the densely populated Abakpa Nike area in Enugu East Local Government Area on the outskirts of the state capital. Asadu, who was said to have visited his home in Enugu for the weekend, was driving into his private residence when the gunmen attacked him and his aides about 100 metres away from his house.
Sources said the commissioner had a visitor whom he escorted along with his driver and a police orderly posted to guard his residence from Abakpa Police Division, leaving behind the official escort team that came with him from Kwara State.
They were said to have been returning to the house after escorting the visitor when they noticed a bus trailing them. The gunmen were said to have started firing at the vehicle from the rear. The killers were said to have shot sporadically killing the CP and injuring the two policemen. However, before they escaped, they reportedly took away the rifle of the orderly whose body was riddled with bullets. It was learnt that the orderly was shot on the chest, stomach, hands and one of his legs, while the driver was shot on both legs.
According to the source, “the CP was driving into his personal residence in Amorji Nike after dropping a visitor that night. He was with a police orderly and his driver at the time of the incident. Just about 100 metres to his house they noticed that a bus was trailing them behind and before they knew what was happening the gunmen opened fire and killed the CP instantly. His orderly and driver were also sustained gunshot injuries in the process.
“The gunmen ran away in their bus before the CP’s escort team that was inside his compound noticed what was happening. When the escort team and sympathizers rushed to the scene, they met CP Asadu and his orderlies in a pool of blood. They were rushed to the National Orthopaedic Hospital where doctors confirmed the CP dead. The other two policemen are now on admission at the hospital,” the source said.
It was learnt that the police orderly to the slain commissioner, Aloha Olaniyi and driver, Oliver Omeh, who were with him, were also injured in the attack. Both men sustained serious bullet wounds and are receiving treatment at the National Orthopaedic Hospital, Enugu.
However, Madam Veronica Asadu, mother of the murdered police commissioner, has been agonizing over the death of her son. Although she said nothing would bring him back to life, she insisted that efforts be made by the authorities to track down the killers and make them face justice. She said that was the only way the anguish of the family over the death of their son could be lessened.
“I cannot be consoled until those who killed my son are caught and punished accordingly. The act is just too wicked,” she lamented.
However, wife of the fallen officer, Mrs. Oby Asadu asked God to handle the killers of her husband in his own way. Madam Oby described her husband as a quiet man who would not hurt anybody as to warrant his being slaughtered in this manner.
She said  “I leave the killers of my husband in the hands of God Almighty, because I depend only on Him to fight my battle. Whatever happened, only God knows, because he sees both at night and in the day.” The widow said, “Until his recent appointment as Commissioner of Police, Kwara State, many did not know him, as he has chosen to live a quiet life.”
Governor Sullivan Chime of State within the week of the CP’s murder pronounced a N10 million naira reward for any person who could volunteer information leading to the arrest of those who masterminded Asadu’s  murder.
 Chime who paid an unscheduled condolence visit to the family of the slain police commissioner, said
“this is most embarrassing not just for the police, but to the nation. For a senior police officer to be killed in such a manner, to me is quite unfortunate and the state government has decided to take a position on this in order to show the seriousness of what has happened, it has followed a pattern.
“What they do now is to follow and kill people with escorts; they kill and collect the guns of their victims. I think it has taken a pattern. So we are paying a ransom of N10 million to anybody who will give us information which would lead to the arrest of the culprits to show the seriousness. It’s quite embarrassing,” Governor Chime decried.
 Assuring that  the state would provide all necessary assistance to security agencies in the country to ensure that  Asadu’s  killers were picked  and brought to justice, Chime said  the killing was shocking and dastardly.
He said he regretted that Asadu, an indigene of Enugu State, suffered such a cruel fate after many years of dedicated service to the nation, adding  that the development was even more disheartening as Mr Asadu was nearing retirement from service when he was murdered.
However, CP Ebitibituwa said the command has made some arrests in the effort to unravel the motive behind Asadu’s killing, but   insisted that he would not disclose the number of those in police net or their identity as doing so might jeopardize the investigation, adding that the suspects are still undergoing interrogation.


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