• Pledges N5m reward for information on killed nurse
Enugu State Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi has donated N10 million to the family of the Secretary to Uzo-Uwani Local Government Area, Dr. Nnamdi Peter Ogueche, to assist the family to cushion the effect of his demise.
He also pledged a N5 million reward for information that would lead to the unraveling of those behind the murder of Mrs. Maria Amadi, a psychiatric nurse in the state.
Ogueche was allegedly ambushed and killed while returning from a peace meeting between the natives and herdsmen.
Chairman, Uzo-Uwani LGA, Mr. Fidelis Ani, had while thanking the governor for his gesture, announced that the deceased would be buried on April 5 in Adaba.
Ugwuanyi who expressed commitment to apprehending those behind the assassination of Amadi, the Head of Nursing Services at the Federal Psychiatric Hospital, Enugu, assured that any person or persons with information on the perpetrators would be given the N5 million without delay.
He made the offer when members of National Association of Nigerian Nurses and Midwives, Enugu State Chapter, accompanied by Joint Health Sector Union and Association of Resident Doctors, visited him at the Government House, Enugu, to seek his intervention towards the unraveling of the assassins.
The governor who assured that the money would be made available immediately to the state Commissioner of Police, Suleiman Balarabe, stressed that it would go a long way in ensuring that those who perpetrated the dastardly act were apprehended and made to face the wrath of the law.
Ugwuanyi condemned the unfortunate incident and promised “to get to the root of this crime”. He also commiserated with the families of the deceased and her colleagues, saying: “I am sincerely saddened by the gruesome murder of your colleague. I share in your grief. It is a solemn moment for all right-thinking persons.”
The governor, who disclosed that he had made several interventions to ensure peace in the hospital, said he didn’t know that the crisis in the establishment had taken a new dimension.
He promised to do all that was possible to give late Dr. Amadi justice and ensure that such heinous act does not recur in the state.
“To tell you that we are serious, I am making available the sum of N5 million to the Commissioner of Police, Enugu State Command for any person or persons that will provide information about the people that killed this nursing officer.
“It is a bad story and we will get to the root of this crime. You have done well by showing your grievances peacefully. It has shown that you love the late Dr. Maria Amadi and I know that wherever she is, she will know that her colleagues did not abandon her”.