By Stanley Nwanosike/Nicholas Obisike
Enugu, April 27, 2023
Chief Frank Nweke Jr, the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) Governorship Candidate in the 2023 elections, has said he is still in shock over the murder of party former governorship aspirant, Mr. Dons Udeh, in Enugu.
Nweke expressed his feelings in a statement made available to newsmen in Enugu on Thursday describing the murder as sad.
According to him, “I am still in shock over the news of the kidnap and murder of Engr. Dons Udeh and my heart goes out to his family and friends at this difficult time.
“It is incredibly sad to see how our society has debased the value of human life. I am particularly heartbroken to see another prominent son of Ozalla attacked in such a manner.
“While I acknowledge the high level of insecurity across the state and indeed, Nigeria, this is one murder too many.
“We must continue to call for better societal values and definitive actions from our political leadership and security outfits,” he said.
He urged the security agencies and all relevant stakeholders to ensure that the murder and previous attacks that were yet to be resolved in the state were treated with utmost urgency.
Nweke called for the perpetrators to be brought to book and sanity restored in the state.
“No one has the right to take another human life. This madness must be stopped and we must return to the values that make us human,” Nweke said.
Meanwhile, the Commissioner of Police in Enugu State, Ahmed Ammani, has ordered the Homicide Section of the State CID and Tactical Squads of the Command to unravel the circumstances of the murder of Mr. Udeh.
The commissioner directed that the perpetrators of the heinous crime be fished out and brought to book within the shortest possible time.
This is contained in a statement issued by the state’s Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Daniel Ndukwe, on Thursday in Enugu.
According to him, the lifeless and decomposing body of the deceased, identified as a 2023 Enugu State Governorship Election Aspirant under the APGA, was found in a bush at 9th Mile Bypass in Udi Local Government Area, on April 25, at about 11:00 a.m.
“His lifeless body was found with marks of violence, which strongly suggests that he was murdered.
“The corpse was evacuated to the hospital, where it was confirmed dead and deposited in the mortuary for preservation and medical autopsy by Police operatives serving in 9th Mile Police Division of the Command,” he said.
Ndukwe said that preliminary investigation indicated that the deceased was reported to have been missing since April 22 at about 4 p.m., when he left his Enugu city home in a white-coloured Toyota Highlander Jeep, with registration number: ENU 800 NX, to an undisclosed destination.
“All efforts made to trace his whereabouts proved abortive, until his remains were found on the date and location, while the vehicle was later found abandoned and recovered on April 26 at about 10:00 a.m., at Ngwo on Old Enugu Road.