The House of Representatives Committee on Public Petitions has slated Tuesday, July 27, 2021 to conduct hearing into a petition on the alleged murder of a Germany-based Nigerian, Oguchi Unachukwu.
The committee disclosed this in a summon/hearing notice dated July 12, 2021 and addressed the lawyer of the Unachukwu family, Ihediohanma Akponye.
The hearing notice signed by the Chairman, House Committee On Public Petitions disclosed that the venue is House of Representatives Room 429 (New Wing).
It directed Akponye to submit one soft and 10 hard copies of his brief on the matter, adding that the case might be heard and determined in his absence if he chooses not to attend the hearing.
A Nigerian Airforce officer on May 31, 2021 reportedly shot and killed Oguchi Unachukwu at the checkpoint of the Sam Mbakwe International Cargo Airport, Owerri, Imo State.
Unachukwu was driving to the airport to catch a flight to Lagos in order to catch a connecting flight to his base in Hamburg Germany same day, having been billed to resume work on June 1 when he was shot.
The Airforce officers conveyed the bleeding Unachukwu in their van first to the Naval Hospital located along the Aba-Owerri expressway before taking him to the Federal Medical Centre, Owerri where he breathed his last same day.
His wife, Ijeoma Unachukwu, who accompanied him on the journey to the airport said there was no reason to murder her husband in cold blood after stopping for checks at the airport checkpoint.
Speaking in an interview, the grief-stricken widow appealed to the authorities to ensure justice was done on the matter.
The police in the state have also launched a probe into the circumstances surrounding Unachukwu’s death.
Meanwhile, family members, friends and associates said they are waiting with bated breath to see how the authorities handle the matter.
But the traumatized 70-year-old mother of the deceased, Helen Unachukwu had since pronounced a curse on the officer that released the lethal shot, saying he has only one year to be paid in same coin.