Oguchi Unachukwu (middle) was a beloved member of the Nigerian community in Hamburg, Germany/Photo: Private
Nigerians from across the length and breadth of Germany will gather in Hamburg today, Saturday, to bid farewell to Oguchi Unachukwu, who was shot in May while he was visiting his homeland.
Unachukwu, a very active member of several Nigerian organisations in Hamburg, was shot by a yet to be identified officer of the Nigerian Airforce on 31 May in the presence of his wife, two of his children and a relative while he was driving into the premises of the Owerri airport to catch his flight to Lagos for his return journey to Germany.
“We are appealing to all Africans, friends and well-wishers here in Hamburg and within Germany to please come out en masse and support us on Saturday, the 31st of July 2021, for the wake keep of my brother Late Mr Oguchi Unachukwu,” Chi chi Unachukwu Uwadiegwu, a brother of the deceased, appealed in a Facebook post.
Among the activities planned for the farewell on Saturday are a football match between the Nigerian Community Germany FC Hamburg and Billstrasse Boys which will take place at 2pm and a wake keeping ceremony later at 5pm.
Meanwhile, calls continue to be made to the authorities in Nigeria to identify the military officer who shot Unachukwu and bring him to justice. The issue has also been tabled in the Federal House of Representatives, with the parliamentarians calling on the military authorities to find and punish the murderer of the Hamburg-based Nigerian.
The southeastern region of Nigeria, where Unachukwu was killed, is currently mired in insecurity. In reaction to arson attacks against police stations and other government installations by unknown persons, security forces have been accused of committing extra-judicial executions and other grave human rights violations