It was shock and grief in the family of Sir Anthony Ezechinwoye, in Oraukwu, Idemili North Government Area of Anambra State, as they mourn the loss of their 15- year-old daughter, shot dead by kidnappers on Thursday.
Miss Paschalina Chisom Nwoye, an SS2 student of Mercy
Secondary School, Umuoji, near Onitsha, was riding with her mother, Mrs.
Veronica Ezechinwoye, when a five-man kidnapping gang allegedly blocked
their chauffeur-driven Mercedes 190 car at about 6.30 pm, at All
Hallows Junction, Onitsha and shot her at close range.
Sun authoritatively learnt that Mrs. Ezechinwoye sustained gunshot
wounds on her legs, as she resisted the hoodlums’ feverish attempts to
drag her into their green flat boot.
Her husband and father of the
deceased girl, who was still in shock, said that when the hoodlums
attempted to drag his wife into their car, on her way home from her
pharmaceutical shop, she resisted, lamenting that they had killed her
daughter in cold blood.
He revealed that the resistance enraged the gang, causing them to batter and tear her clothes and inner garments.
said: “My wife, who is a pharmacist and a member of the Idemili North
Transition Committee, was returning home from her shop around 6.30 pm,
when the five-man gang blocked my wife and 15-year-old daughter who was
sitting in front; they just shot her in cold blood and dragged my wife
out to join them inside their car, but she refused crying that she will
not enter the car, since they have killed our daughter.
ex-lawmaker, who alleged that on that fateful day, the police post at
the All Hallows junction was bereft of policemen, called on the Anambra
State government to improve the state’s security network, so as to
safeguard the lives and property of law abiding citizens.
Saturday Sun contacted the Anambra State Police Public Relations
Officer, Mr. Emeka Chukwuemeka, he denied knowledge of the incident,
claiming that the kidnap attempt was never reported to the police at
Awada-Onitsha, in whose jurisdiction the crime was committed.