By Tanimu Salihu (Aba)

The Deputy Speaker, House of Representatives, Mr. Benjamin Kalu has described as reprehensible and repugnant the murder of Abia-born businessman, Emmanuel Okocha by a police officer in Aba on Saturday.

Mr. Okocha, a native of Abiriba in Ohafia Local Government Area of the state was allegedly gunned down on his way to the village by a police corporal, Obagi Njok attached to the Rapid Response Squad (RRS) within the Aba Division for refusing to give bribe after the officers went through his vehicle papers on demand at a checkpoint along Aba-Owerri road.

Incidentally, the Abia State Police Command has since announced the arrest of Njok.
Reacting to the development, Mr. Kalu in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Levinus Nwabughiogu said the police authorities must ensure that justice is served in the matter.

He said the officer involved must be brought to face the law and the corresponding punishment if found culpable, wondering why he jettisoned professionalism and the proper rules of engagement.

The Deputy Speaker said the Nigerian laws are against the twin offenses of bribe and murder alleged to have been committed by the police officer while on duty.

Commiserating with the family of the deceased over the irreparable and irreplaceable loss, Mr. Kalu, urged them to have faith in the authorities, assuring of his determination to see that the course of justice is not perverted.

The Deputy Speaker also appealed to Aba residents to remain calm and wait for the outcome of the investigations, stressing that the consequences of taking laws into their hands could be grave.

He called on the police hierarchy to update his office with the proceedings of the investigations.

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