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Eight suspects arrested over beheading of Anambra lawmaker



Eight suspects have been arrested in connection with the beheading of an Anambra lawmaker, Governor Charles Soludo has said.

The slain lawmaker, Okechukwu Okoye, 44, represented Aguata 2 Constituency in Anambra State House of Assembly.

He was beheaded six days after he was abducted by gunmen in May.

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Mr Okoye’s aide, Cyril Chiegboka, who was abducted with him, was also killed.

Professor Soludo said eight of the suspected killers have been arrested.

Gov. Soludo announced this on Friday during a burial ceremony for the lawmaker at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Isuofia, Aguata Local Government Area of the state, according to a statement by his spokesperson, Christian Aburime.

Soludo said his administration would not rest on its oars until the criminals involved in the lawmaker’s beheading were brought to justice.

The governor condoled with the lawmaker’s family and members of the state assembly and asked communities in the state to intensify support to the state government in the fight against criminals.

“These people are not unknown gunmen. They live among our people, some of them have families and operate from various communities. We need you to help us identify them so that they can face justice,” Mr Soludo said.

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