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ANAMBRA : SSA On Security To Governor Obiano Murdered

The Senior Special Assistant on Security to Governor Willie Obiano was attacked and Stabbed severally to death at his residence.

Mr. Azubuike Ekwegbalu a native of Ogbunike in Oyi Local Government Area of the state and a close relative of Gov. Obiano's wife, was attacked on Sunday morning at the Commissioners' quarters in Awka.

Mr. Azubuike Ekwegbalu

The police spokesperson SP Haruna Mohammed confirming the incident said,

"In August 9 2020 at about 1:30am,there a report of alleged murder of one Azubuike Ekwegbalu a native of Ogbunike in Oyi LGA,

" Following the report, police detectives attached to 'B' division Awka led by the DPO, CSP Emma Ogbuanya visited the scene and rushed victim who was found in a pool of blood to COOUTH Awka for medical attention.

" Having been certified dead on arrival by the doctors, his corpse was taken to the mortuary for an autopsy."

According to Mohammed, a knife was recovered at the scene and a close examination of the body of the deceased, revealed several stab wounds. Also someone who was seen within the vicinity has been arrested as a suspect.

Anambra State Government also announced the death of Mr. Azubuike via a press statement.

Read Press statement :


The Anambra State Government announces with great sadness the death early this morning of Mr Azubuike Ekwegbalu, Senior Special Assistant (SSA) to the State Governor on Security. The Police suspect his death may be a case of homicide.

 Mr Ekwegbalu was a thorough, quiet, unassuming, energetic and dedicated security official whose forte was intelligence gathering. To carry out his duties faithfully, effectively and efficiently, he kept a low-profile in the public space throughout the years he was in office as the SSA to the Governor on Security. He was not known to most government officials and declined the use of any paraphernalia that could give him out as an intelligence operative.

He had in the last few months devoted his infectious energy and acute professional intelligence to monitoring cults in various parts of the state following an increase in the menace of young cult members in educational institutions and elsewhere. The results have been outstanding. Mr Ekwegbalu’s tragic death is a serious setback to the fight against the cult menace and crime generally in the state.

His death was reported accordingly to Governor Willie Obiano, and he has, in turn, contacted the Ekwegbalu family and commiserated with them.

The Anambra State Government working with the security agencies will do everything in its power to apprehend those responsible for Mr Ekwegbalu’s death, as we have successfully done over the years in similar deaths. The Government assures all Anambra people, once again, that it will stop at nothing to make the state remain the safest and most peaceful state in Nigeria.

God bless Anambra State, the Light of the Nation.

C. Don Adinuba

Commissioner for Information & Public Enlightenment.
Sunday, August 9th, 2020

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