NIGERIA: I leave my husband’s killers to God – Slain CP’s widow

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MRS Oby Asadu, wife of the Kwara State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Chinwike Asadu, who was shot dead by unknown gunmen in Enugu last Saturday, said, Tuesday, that she had decided to allow God handle the murderers of her husband in His own way.

She told Vanguard at their Amorji Nike residence in Enugu, where she was receiving sympathisers, yesterday, that her late husband was a very quiet person who could not have hurt anybody to warrant being killed.

Mrs. Asadu spoke just as the State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Tonye Ebitibituwa, disclosed that several arrests had been made in connection with the murder of the police boss and the shooting of his two police escorts but declined to give details of their number and identity.

The CP met with top security officials, comprising the Garrison Commander, 82 Division of Nigerian Army, Enugu, and the Director of Department of State Services, DSS, where they discussed crucial security issues at the state Police Command Headquarters, Enugu.

They reviewed the existing security strategies with a view to adopting new measures to tackle current security challenges in the state.
‘He was harmless’

The widow, however, frowned at the insinuations regarding the motive of the police boss, saying those speaking about her late husband did not know him very well as, according to her, he could not have done anything bad to the extent of anybody deciding to take his life prematurely.

She said: “I leave the killers of my husband in the hands of the Almighty God because I depend solely on Him to fight our battle. Whatever happened only God knows, because He sees both in day and at night.

“I am worried about all sorts of things people are saying and writing in the papers about what they claim to have known about my husband because they know nothing about him. They are all false.

“They are trying to portray my husband as a public figure but he is not. Until his recent appointment as Commissioner of Police, Kwara State Command, many people did not know him as he had chosen to live a quiet life.”

‘We’ve made some arrests’

Briefing newsmen on the upsurge of violent crimes in Enugu State in recent times, CP Ebitibituwa, who assumed office as the state police boss two weeks ago, said the command has made some arrests in the effort to unravel the motive behind the killing of the Kwara State CP.

But he insisted that he would not disclose the number of those in police net or their identity as doing so might jeopardise the process of investigation, adding that the suspects are still undergoing interrogation.

Army lends support

Meanwhile, General Officer Commanding 82 Division of the Nigeria Army, Enugu, Major General Adebayo Olaniyi, has pledged that the military command would support the police in ensuring that perpetrators of the crime were fished out as quickly as possible and brought to book.

He described the death as shocking and unfortunate, saying God in His infinite mercy will expose his killers.

The GOC stated this during a condolence visit to State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Tonye Ebitibituwa at the Police Headquarters, Enugu over the death of the Kwara State police boss.

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