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How Kwara CP was murdered – Orderly, driver


Police Corporal, Oliver Omeh and Aloha Olaniyi, the orderly and   driver to the slain Kwara State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Chinwike Asadu, yesterday, narrated how four gunmen attacked them and killed their boss on Saturday night.

They revealed that a man in police uniform was among the four gunmen that attacked the Police Commissioner while driving into his house after dropping a lawyer friend who visited him that fateful evening. The identity of the lawyer was not known at press time.

The two policemen who are now being treated at the National Orthopedic Hospital and the University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital, UNTH, Enugu said the Police Commissioner drove the red coloured Toyota Camry in which they were attacked.

They narrated from their hospital beds according to the Vanguard that while CP Asadu was driving to his house, a bus overtook them and blocked their car.

The driver, Olaniyi, was in front of the car with the Police Commissioner while the police corporal, Omeh, who was deployed from the Abakpa Police Division to guard the Police Commissioner’s house, was in uniform and at the back seat with his AK47 rifle.

According to the driver, “one of the gunmen ordered the commissioner to get down from the car and as he opened to alight, his orderly in mufti in front with him also opened the door apparently to identify themselves but when the heavily armed assailants saw a policeman in uniform (Omeh) in the car, they suspected that he would shoot them and they immediately opened fire.

The gunmen shot the commissioner,  the orderly and the police corporal at close range several times and they all fell on the ground bleeding profusely before sympathizers and members of the commissioner’s escort team rushed to the scene.

The orderly and the driver revealed that Asadu casually went out that evening to drop the friend and while driving out he only asked the orderly who was with a pistol and the corporal to escort him leaving behind the escort team.

Doctors at the UNTH are still battling to remove the bullets lodged in the body of the police corporal though the doctors said three bullets had already been extracted.

The police in Enugu on their part said they had placed a red alert on all divisions in the state with a view to rounding up killers. The state police spokesman, Ebere Amarizu, who disclosed this, yesterday, assured that the command was on top of the situation, stating that no arrest had been made in connection with the murder for now.  He said a stop-and-search operation had commenced in all the divisions of the state.

In their reaction, Nsukka Professionals in Lagos called on the Inspector-General of Police to use his good offices and ensure that no stone was left unturned in fishing out killers of the police boss.

According the group, “Chinwike Asadu was too gentle, amiable, humane and kind-hearted to be so gruesomely murdered. The killers have certainly incurred God’s anger and they must pay for it.”

In their reaction, Adada Media Forum, a group of journalists from the state based in Lagos said it was time the issue of killings in Enugu was squarely addressed by security agencies.

The group said in a statement, yesterday, that the situation called for sterner security measures on the part of the police to be able to checkmate the rising spate of crime in the state.

A socio-cultural organisation in Nsukka where the slain police boss hailed from, Odenigbo General Assembly, in its reaction, said perpetrators of the crime must be fished out and punished accordingly to restore hope in security agencies in the state.

President of the Assembly, John Coach Ezema, said in a release that it was worrisome that many lives had been lost in recent times in the state without positive steps being taken to apprehend those that carried out the killings.

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