His Royal Highness, Dr Chris Oranu Chidume, Eze Ana-ukwu, the Igwe of Omor Kingdom
CICAN commends monarch for preaching peace
By Valentine Amanze
The Commerce and Industry Correspondents Association of Nigeria ( CICAN) has commiserated with his Royal Highness, Dr Chris Oranu Chidume, Eze Ana-ukwu, the Igwe of Omor Kingdom over the killing of his subject, Mr. Tagbo Okoye.
Okoye was murdered recently by suspected Anaku people for sacrifice to Ekwensu deity in Ayamelum Local Government Area, Anambra, State.
In a statement in Lagos signed by the CICAN Chairman, Mr. Charles Okonji, and the Secretary, Mrs. Lucy Ekpeyong, the group also commended the industrialist, who is the managing director / chief executive officer of Krisoral Group of Companies, Ogbaru, Anambra State, for urging his subjects to be peaceful and law-abiding.
The association further lamented the sad incident, while identifying with monarch and his people over the unfortunate incident.
Besides, CICAN appealed to the Police Force to fishout the culprits with a view of facing the wrath of the law.
CICAN stated: “As a group, we are pained about the killing of Mr Tagbo Okoye, who was mowed down in his prime. We shared in the pains of His Royal Highness Igwe Chris Oranu Chidume, Eze Ana-ukwu, the Igwe of Omor Kingdom, his Council of Chiefs and the good people of Omor kingdom.
“We call on the men of the Police Force to ensure justice is done in the case. We appeal to the family of late Tagbo Okoye to take heart and remain peaceful and law-abiding, while the government and the police do the needful.
“The association hereby appeal to the Anambra State governor, Chief Willie Obiano, and his government to put a stop to the constant killing of the people of Omor Kingdom for the sacrifice to the Ekwensi deity by the people of Anaku community.”
The association however commended the youths of Omor Kingdom and the leadership of the community for heeding the plea of Chidume to be peaceful, adding, “That is the only way their community can develop.”
It also appealed for speedy resolution of the communal crisis by the Anambra State government and the Police Force to allow law-abiding indigenes of both communities go about their routine activities without fear for their lives.
Besides, CICAN advised Nigerians to respect the sanctity of lives and shun archaic practices of killing innocent lives.
It would be recalled that Igwe Chris Oranu is a major stakeholder in the country’s real sector, employing thousands of Nigerians in his various manufacturing companies scattered in Anambra State, Lagos State and other parts of Nigeria.