By Ikechukwu Onyemah
Sometimes in June this year, it was reported (rumored) that a large catch of arms were found in Anambra state, the state commissioner of police told nigerians there was no truth in it. According to him as reported by sunnewonline
“What actually happened was that on June 12, a member of vigilance operatives went to a pit somewhere in Uruagu, Nnewi, and dug out two rusted old magazines and ammunition.
“The vigilante operative drew the attention of the President-General of the community, Mr Charles Nwonye, who ultimately informed the police, and I directed the officer in charge of SARS, Awkuzu, to recover the items.
“We are surprised that a senseless story is making the rounds that large cache of ammunition was discovered in a lorry that conveyed yam tubers into the community to cause mayhem.Nothing of sort happened in this command.
“It is falsehood at its height. We wonder who is peddling this senseless rumour,” the police boss said.
Also the state government through the commissioner for Information, Tony Nnacheta, informed Ndi Anambra and Nigerians that “the state government and security agencies have undertaken exhaustive investigation into the story and found it to be false.”
He described the story as the handiwork of mischief makers, who were bent on creating unnecessary tension and setting up the people of the state against one another.
Barely two months down the line, the world was alarmed by the kind of killing that has not if not ever happened in the state or and the region at large. Innocent worshipers were killed during a church service on Aug. 6 at St. Philips Catholic Church, Ozubulu, Ekwusigo council in Anambra, killing no fewer than 13 persons and injured 27.
Again Governor Willie Obiano, who visited both the church and the teaching hospital, described the incident as very worrisome, adding that preliminary investigations by the Police showed that it was a case between two people from the community who were resident abroad.
The governor, debunked reports attributing the incident to terror attacks, again reiterated his earlier statement that the incident was a spill over of a drug war between indigenes of the state living abroad.
Ndi anambra and Nigerians have raised concerns on the hasty way the Governor and the police chief investigated the case.
And as if that was not enough, today Some people suspected to be gunmen on Sunday, shot dead a policeman and a civilian near Assemblies of God Church, Oguta Road Onitsha, Anambra.
An eyewitness said that the gunmen had stopped near the Church, adding that on sighting some policemen at the church, they opened fire on them.
The source also said the attackers made away with the rifle of the slain policeman.
“When the firing became too hot, the policemen abandoned their patrol vehicle and ran away for safety.
“The gunmen moved to their patrol van and took a gun belonging to the policeman they killed,” he said.
The eye witness said he could not identify the number of armed men involved.
Another eyewitness said, “Gunmen on Okada (motorcycle) shot a policeman and collected his rifle.
They also shot dead an Okada man while escaping and the passenger he was carrying was injured.
The policeman was the one armed among his colleagues; they were providing security while church service was going on at Assemblies of God Church, Oguta road Onitsha.
Unsurprising, Mr Garba Umar the Commissioner of Police in Anambra said “it was not an attack on the church”
One can only ask how this trend of instant arm chair investigation by the police has become the order of the day in Anambra. What is the State governor and his police chief not telling Ndi Anambra. How did the police know the intent of the gun men who are yet to be apprehended by the police as we speak.
Governor Willie Obiano should at this point do the needful, proper investigation should be done to unravel those behind this new trend of Killing.
Those who have been given quite notice to return home cannot now be killed in their own land by “unknown gun men”