The Senior Special Assistant (SSA) to Anambra State Governor on Security, Mr Azubuike Ekwegbalu has been killed by suspected hired assassins who allegedly stabbed him with a kitchen knife.
It was gathered that the incident occurred early hours of Sunday at his residence at the Commissioners’ Quarters, Awka, a high brow area for government officials.
The Anambra State Government announced with great sadness the death early this morning in a statement issued on the incident on Sunday, 9th August 2020.
According to a report, the State Police Command suspects that the death of Mr Ekwegbalu may be a case of homicide.
The statement reads, “Mr Ekwegbalu was a thorough, quiet, unassuming, energetic and dedicated security official whose forte was the intelligence gathering. To carry out his duties faithfully, effectively and efficiently, he kept a low-profile in 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 cult menace and crime generally in the state.
His death was reported accordingly to Governor Willie Obiano, and the Governor has, in turn, contacted the Azubuike family and commiserated with them.
According to the State Commissioner for Information and Public Enlightenment, Mr C. Don Adinuba, “the State Government is working tirelessly with the security agencies to 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”, he assures.
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.