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Anambra Women Affairs Commissioner decries organ harvesting, death of septugenarian



ANAMBRA State Commissioner for Women and Social Welfare, Ify Obinabo has reassured of her commitment in bringing to book the perpetrators of late Charity Okoli, who died after her organs were taken for ritual purposes.

Obinabo made this known in her office in Awka, when the news of the death of the septugenarian broke out. She expressed sadness over the death of the 72-year-old woman and vowed to use everything within her power to bring justice to the deceased. She went further to urge everyone, especially Umunze women who have gone on a peaceful protest to give the court some time to follow the law and make their judgment, even as she explained that she will not relent until others involved in the dastardly act are apprehended and arraigned before the special court in Awka.

The commissioner further used the medium to debunk the news that the state government has  asked Ebonyi indigenes resident in Anambra to leave the state but rather said that if they must reside in the state, they must abide by the state order or go to another state, adding that Anambra State Government will not condone any act that will distort the peaceful relationship of its citizens.

Recall that over 3,000 women from Umunze community, Orumba South Local Government Area,  on Tuesday, staged a protest over the death of a septugenarian, Mrs Charity Okoli, whose body parts and organs were harvested for ritual purposes. Mrs Charity, as she was  popularly known was last week, attacked at her residence in Umunze, where her nipples, private parts, lips and fingers were cut off by her attackers, presumably for money ritual. She was immediately rushed to Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University Teaching Hospital, Awka, where she was receiving treatment, but later died as a result of injuries sustained.

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