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Family, Lawyers Agitate As VIO Kills Abakaliki Board Member



Members of the Vehicle Inspection Officer (VIO) in Ebonyi have killed a lawyer, Chief Geoffrey Mgbada.

The deceased was member Abakaliki Capital Territory Development Board (ACTDA). He met his untimely death in the early hours of Tuesday along Ezza road, Abakaliki, the Ebonyi state capital.

An eyewitness who craved anonymity disclosed that the deceased was in the company of his wife when his vehicle was stopped and one of the VIO members pushed him and the man fell down, hit his head on a concrete block and lost consciousness.

“Seeing that the lawyer was unconscious, the two members of the VIO immediately rushed him to the hospital where doctors confirmed his death,” he said.

Reacting to the situation, members of the community embarked on protest, calling on the state government to abolish VIO, which according to them caused so much pain and loss of lives.

For Chijioke Mgbada, the son of the deceased government must intervene and ensure that the killers of his father are charged for murder and punished so that other errant officials will have a deterrent.

“I was preparing to go to school (Ebonyi State University) when my mother came in shouting, she was telling me that I should start going to teaching hospital; that my father fainted when he was beaten to coma by the VIO officers.

His pleas: “When I got there, it was a different thing. To the contrary, my father was dead already. You can see it that I am not with myself now.  The government should ban VIOs and the person that did this should be sentenced to life imprisonment.

“My father is an elder in this state and he is well known, even his Excellency knows him. He is a member of the Abakaliki Capital Territory Development Board (ACTDA) and he is also the secretary of the Elders Council.

Other family members expressed their anger and again urged the government to ensure that the people behind the killings are punished.

The State Governor David Umahi, in his response, called for investigations and prosecution of the VIO Officers, just as he condemned the killing of the former member of the Abakaliki Capital Territory Development Board and Secretary of the Elders Council.

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