Onitsha, Anambra’s business hub, is under threat by criminal elements
The commercial city of Onitsha was last Monday thrown into confusion as unknown gunmen shot and killed the circulation representative of the Sun Newspaper in Onitsha, Mr Fabian Obi.
An eyewitness report on the incident which took place at about 10. 25am had it that the gunmen stormed the Sun office at Old Market Road on a motorcycle and one of them made his way to the Sun office and shot Obi three times and took away his money.
Confirming the incident to reporters in Awka, the State Police Public Relations Officer, Nkeiruka Nwode, said the command was on the trail of the suspects, adding that they must be apprehended and made to face the law.
While commiserating with the Sun Newspaper and the family of the deceased, she assured residents of protection of their life and property.
The body of the deceased, Fides learnt, was immediately taken to Borommeo Hospital morgue.
Reacting to the incident, the Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ, Southeast Zone, in a press statement signed by the Zonal Vice President, Southeast and secretary respectively, Comrades Chris Isiguzo and Kenneth Ofoma, expressed shock at the killing, describing it as tragic.
The statement regretted that it came at a time the military was occupying the Southeast in their operation codenamed, ''Python Dance'' and had deployed their officer to every nook and cranny.
The Union called on security agencies to immediately swing into action and fish out those behind the act as the union was not ready to tolerate the treatment of the matter as others before it had been treated.
It reminded the Anambra State Government to discharge its primary responsibility of safeguarding the life and property of the citizenry, especially at the critical time of the guber election.
It therefore urged the state government to do the needful.
For its part, the NUJ, Anambra State Chapter, led by Comrade Emma Ifesinachi, condemned the killing, describing it as senseless, barbaric and wicked, wondering why the culprits still killed the man despite taking his money.
He urged security agencies in the state to repay the state government's support to them by living up to expectations.