Anambra State Governor, Prof. Chukwuma Soludo has promised to smoke out killers of the pregnant woman from Adamawa, Harira Jubril and her four children for justice to be served.
Harira Jubril and her children including the eldest one who was nine years old, were killed on May 20 with no obvious provocation.
The ugly incident has drawn widespread outcry just like other unfortunate killings in the state in recent times.
Soludo in a statement signed by Mr Christian Aburime, his Chief Press Secretary on Tuesday, described the action of the assailants as “barbaric and unacceptable”, adding that nobody has the right under any circumstance to terminate the life of another person anywhere in Nigeria.
He said that all law-abiding Nigerians, irrespective of tribe or religion, were entitled to reside and or do business in any part of the country, including the Southeast and in Anambra without fear of unlawful harassment, molestation or attack of any kind, under any guise by anyone or group.
“No group or Nigerian is justified to harass, attack or kill any citizen of Nigeria or anyone resident in Nigeria under any guise whatsoever unless in lawful execution of a court sentence.
“Perpetrators of these heinous atrocities and their sponsors are testing the resolve of the Government and people of Anambra State, but I assure you that efforts are underway to fish out and bring to justice whoever is behind the criminal activities.
“All Nigerians living or doing business in Anambra are assured, of the resolve of the State government to ensure adequate protection of their lives and properties at all times,” he stated.
Earlier, the governor in a statement, condemned a media report on the incident for attempting to give it an ethno-religious dimension, noting that such was capable of misleading people especially from northern part of the country and stoking ethnic tension.
According to him, the slant of the report can stir anger and disaffection in other parts of the country, adding that insecurity across Nigeria is general and there was no targeted ethno-religious killing in Anambra state as painted by the said publication.
“The report is totally unacceptable and inimical to the unity and progress of the nation.
“The Government of Anambra hereby states that the report is not only sensational but misleading and should be immediately retracted to reflect the real situation on ground.
“It is on record that Anambra people and those from other parts of the country, particularly the North, who live and do business in the State, not only share common values, but have always lived at peace with each other in the State.
“The Gov. Soludo’s administration has not only demonstrated commitment in tackling insecurity, but has continuously reassured both indigenes and non-indigenes in the State of their protection and safety,” he said.
The governor said that Anambra indigenes had suffered more casualties as a result of the unfortunate killings.
The governor promised to continue working for the good and progress of all and residents in the state.