Chikwendu Kalu, Speaker of Abia State House of Assembly, has denied ordering his security aides to allegedly shoot two officers of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) over fracas with his wife.
He made the denial while addressing newsmen in Umuahia.
The Speaker, who roundly condemned the incident, also said he was not at the scene of the incident contrary to reports that he stormed the scene with his security aides.
He said: “I was in my official residence in Umuahia when I received a distress call that my wife was having issues
“I was also told that some of my security aides went to the scene to find out what happened. But I regret that fracas later ensued between them which led to the unfortunate incident.”
He said he understands the value of life and could not have ordered the shooting of the officers for whatever reason.
“I am well informed to know that human life is sacred. I strongly condemn the overzealousness of the security agents whether army, DSS, police, FRSC or any security outfit.”
It could be recalled that the Speaker’s wife was traveling to Aba on Saturday when the FRSC officers stopped the Sport Utility Vehicle she was traveling in along the Umuikaa/Aba-Port Harcourt Expressway.
The FRSC officers were alleged to have hit the vehicle with sticks when the driver ignored their signal to stop.
This led to a quarrel between the security aide of the Speaker’s wife; a personnel of the Department of State Services (DSS), and the FRSC officers leading to the alleged shooting.
Meanwhile, a civil society group, The Women Arise for Change Initiative (WACI)/ have also condemned the attack on the FRSC officers
In a statement, the group described the assault on the harmless officers of the FRSC, as an escalation of attacks targeting personnel in the course of their legitimate duty.
While sympathizing with the affected FRSC officers and their families, WACI called for the prosecution of those involved.
The statement reads in part: “This latest incident can also be linked with the quest by some power-drunk politicians to continually use the instrumentality of Police protection, provided to them by the Nigerian State, to build up intimidating arsenal against innocent Nigerians.
“We hereby call for an immediate arrest and prosecution of all the Policemen involved and the wife of the Speaker who was with the team as at the time of the attacks as well the Speaker who was alleged to have sent reinforcement in this condemnable action.
“We shall remain committed to this demand, until justice is seen to be done, not only for the sake of those innocent FRSC Officers, but also in defense of other innocent Nigerians, who have daily become object of attacks by politicians, and police personnel attached to them.
“We also sympathise with the affected officers, while wishing them quick recovery.”