Villagers protest murder of medical doctorHeadlines, Imo, State News Tuesday, December 13th, 2011
OWERRI—Scores of angry indigenes of Ohii community, Owerri West local council area of Imo State yesterday marched through the major roads in Owerri municipality to protest the gruesome murder of their son, Dr. Moses Amako.
The aggrieved villagers carried placards with varying inscriptions, some of which read: “We demand justice now”, “Who killed Dr. Moses Amako?, “Murderers have killed our son”, “What did Dr. Amako do to merit brutal murder?, and “What was Amako’s crime”.
Apart from the messages displayed on the placards, the protesters equally sang unprintable songs and pointed accusing fingers on some bigwigs in the state.
Before moving their protest march to the major streets of Owerri, the angry villagers made spirited attempt to get to Government House to lodge their complaint but were turned back by security operatives.
One of the security personnel executing the task told Vanguard on condition of anonymity that they were “under instruction not to allow the protesters gain access into Government House.”
The soft-spoken medical doctor, Amako, was until his untimely death last Saturday, the Medical Director of Imo State Specialist Hospital, Owerri.
Vanguard recalls that Dr. Amako was shot at very close range December 1, 2011, when he was driving home with his wife after the day’s work in the hospital.
Amako was taken away by the armed gangsters, despite the gunshot wounds he sustained and kept for about six days without treatment.
Vanguard equally gathered that his captors continued keeping him hostage until his relations parted with about N30 million before he was released.
Dr. Amako was rushed to the Federal Medical Centre, Owerri, for serious medical attention after his release, but did not survive to tell the story of his ordeal in captivity.
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