Lawmakers in the Anambra State House of Assembly, Tuesday, held a valedictory session in honour of one of their deceased colleagues, Dr Okechukwu Okoye.
Dr Okoye represented Aguata Constituency II in the Assembly. He was abducted on May 15 2022, and was later confirmed dead on May 22.
He was a first term lawmaker and chairman, House Committee on Information.
The speaker of the House, Mr Uche Okafor, described the late Okoye as ‘an outspoken, peaceful, humane, selfless politician and an articulate legislator, who would be greatly missed by all’.
According to him, “His sense of humour and humane disposition as well as his mastery of the rules of the House distinguished him among his colleagues.”
The legislative institution, his constituency and the entire state had lost a personality of many positive attributes, Okafor added.
Gov Charles Soludo, while condoling with the family of the deceased, said his administration was taking necessary measures to rid the state of criminals and bring Okoye’s murderers to book.
Soludo, represented by his deputy, Dr Onyekachi Ibezim, urged the Assembly and residents to cooperate with the state government and security agencies to address insecurity in the state.
He called on the bereaved family to take heart and assured them of the state government’s support.
Mr David Okoye, brother to the deceased, thanked the Assembly and demanded justice for the death of his brother.
Another member of the Okoye family, Mr Dominic Okafor, urged the legislature to immortalise the late Okoye by coming up with bills to end insecurity in the state.