Members of the Medical Laboratory Scientist Association, Alex Ekwueme Federal University Teaching Hospital, Abakaliki yesterday staged a peaceful protest over the gruesome murder of one of their colleagues, Mr Ani Casmia on Friday night in Abakaliki.
The protesters numbering over 100 called on security agencies to arrest and prosecute all those involved in the murder of the health officer.
The protesters who converged at the hospital at about 11:30am yesterday marched from the Alex Ekwueme Federal University Teaching Hospital to the Ebonyi State Police Command. The protest witnessed large number of medical scientists.
They carried placards with inscriptions like, “Police must Apprehend the Culprits of this Dastard Act”, “These senseless killings must stop”, “Justice for Cashmia” amongst others.
Presenting their grievances to the commissioner of police, Ebonyi State command, the association’s state publicity secretary, Mr Obiefuna Okeke said that they came to register their grievances over the gruesome murder of one of their colleagues, Mr Ani Afamefuna Casmia on 10th June, Friday night at Ojeowere street Abakaliki, the Ebonyi State capital.
The union called on the police to do everything possible to unravel those behind the dastardly act in order for them to be arrested and prosecuted.
He lamented that the young man who was killed was a father of four children including three weeks new born baby adding that his family has been exposed to face difficult times in this early stage of life.
“We are here in your command to make a presentation in respect to the gruesome murder of one of our colleagues, Mr. Ani Afamefuna Casmia in the early hours of Saturday,10th of June, 2022.
“We got to know about it when we were called to come and identify one of us in the mortuary and when we came, what we saw was a pitiable site.
“We are here because our hope lies on the law enforcement agencies more especially the police to unravel those behind the incident and let us know what his offence is that led to such gruesome killing.”
“We want to make a request that the police should help us because this young man has a family, wife and four children including a little one that was born few weeks ago who will never see their father again”.
Responding, the state commissioner of police, CP Garba Aliyu reassured the protesters of police readiness to ensure that all those behind the evil act are brought to book.
Aliyu, who was represented by the deputy commissioner of police in charge of State Criminal Investigation Department, Mr Robert Clement said the command is already on top of the matter.