Mrs. Ify Obinabo, the Anambra State Commissioner for Women and Social Welfare, has reaffirmed her commitment to bringing Charity Okoli’s killers to justice.
In response to hearing about the passing of the septuagenarian, whose organs were allegedly harvested for ceremonial use, Obinabo said this in her office in the state capital of Awka.
This was said in a news release issued on Wednesday by Chidimma Ikeanyionwu, the commissioner’s media assistant.
The deceased was attacked last week at her home in Umunze, in the state’s Orumba South Local Government Area, where her attackers allegedly severed her nipples, lips, and fingers as part of a money ceremony.
She was treated after being taken by emergency personnel to the Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University Teaching Hospital in Awka, but she subsequently passed away as a result of her wounds.
The commissioner expressed her sorrow over the 72-year-old woman’s passing and vowed to do everything in her power to bring the deceased to justice.
Also, she pleaded with everyone—especially the women of Umunze—to give the court some time to uphold the law and render a decision.
She explained that she would not compromise until all fleeing suspects connected to the nefarious deed were found and brought before the Awka special court.
The state government reportedly asked Ebonyi natives and residents of Anambra to leave, but the head of women’s and social welfare disproved this, saying, “If you must reside in the state, you must abide by the order or go to another state as Anambra government will not condone any act that will distort the peaceful relationship of its citizens.”
On Tuesday, more than 3,000 women from the Umunze Community in the Orumba South Local Government Area demonstrated in protest of the septuagenarian’s passing.