Anti-EndSARS lawyer killed in Anambra

Lawyer, Mr Kenechukwu Okeke, has been killed in Anambra State.

Okeke was said to have been attacked with a machete by a seven-man gang who allegedly acted on behalf of the deceased’s tenant.

The lawyer was reportedly killed in October at Nkpor, near Onitsha, Anambra State, in the presence of his wife, Mrs Blessing Okeke, and his daughter.

Mrs Okeke told Daily Post, ”The tenant, Chiadiobi, was living in our house, but when he packed out without our knowledge and asked to be given two months of his rent that he left, we told him he should have notified us that he was packing out.

“My husband was not around the day he came but I told him he packed out of the house without our knowledge and should not be given back any money. He threatened to deal with us, saying he would teach my husband a lesson. I called my husband and told him what the boy said and that he should not come to confront him, since they say he is a bad boy.

“My husband later reported the matter to the DSS [Department of State Services] and the police, and he was made to write an undertaking. But he was still coming to terrorise us. Sometimes he would come to our house and break open the gate and come in and pick whatever he wanted to pick.

“One day, he came to our house and my husband confronted him, without knowing that he had many boys with him downstairs, and before my husband could do anything, they attacked him with a machete, and the fuel we wanted to pour into our generator, they poured it on him and lit him up, and that was how my husband died.

“That day was Sunday and not everyone was around.”

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Mrs Okeke lamented that her husband’s killer is still in the neighbourhood, and that nobody could confront him.

“He even recently confronted my husband’s mother, warning her that he heard that she was taking the matter up, and was warning her to be careful. The boy is still free, going around and without remorse, and we are just left alone to do the burial arrangement.

“Up till now, he has not been arrested, even though we took him to the police and DSS, and he was made to write an undertaking that he would not disturb us again, but he has finally killed my husband. I’m not even understanding the police on this matter. I’m confused. The boy is behaving like he is untouchable, and everyone is saying that he is a bad boy and we should be careful,” she said.

The spokesperson for Anambra State Police Command, DSP Toochukwu Ikenganyia, said the police are aware of the matter and investigating it.

Okeke was a staunch supporter of the President Muhammadu Buhari administration and was reputed to have backed the federal government and its activities during the EndSARS protests in October 2020.

The self-acclaimed human rights activist also dragged some 50 celebrity EndSARS supporters, including Davido, Flavour, Pastor Sam Adeyemi, Burna Boy, and Falz to court for supporting the protests.

Okeke also recently dragged Vanguard Newspapers and one of its reporters to court over its title of 9 March 2021 – where the paper reported that he (Okeke) is an alleged fake lawyer.

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