Ogwuaniocha community youth leader in Ogbaru local government area in Anambra state, Mr. Uche Onyedi, said his traditional leader’s kidnappers attacked the community on Friday evening, killing no fewer than four people and more than 50 houses set on fire.
Onyedi alleged that since the traditional leader of the community, Igwe Oliver Nnaji, was kidnapped about six weeks ago, the kidnappers have entered the community and wreaked havoc.
He revealed that the corpses of the four killed were taken away while an elderly man was also taken away after the thugs burned down his house.
The elders of the community had organized a demonstration in Awka on Friday due to the level of insecurity in the area.
Speaking to our correspondent on Saturday, Onyedi said that following the protest from community members, the men again invaded the community.
He said: “On Friday evening, the men attacked our community and the self-defense team, killing four people and burning more than 50 houses. They left with the corpses and also took away an elderly man after setting his house on fire. So far, we don’t know where they took him.
“Right now, as we speak, the men (the thugs) are still marching the community with fuel and burning houses. We called the security agencies, none of them answered.
“I called the police commissioner and he told me they were sending their men, but so far we haven’t seen any security personnel.
“We need government presence in our community because we are powerless. As people celebrate Christmas today, our community is deserted because people are fleeing. We are probably planning to have another event, because the ones we have organized are not yielding any desired results. ”
Also speaking, the secretary of the Ogwuaniocha community association, Mr. Chukwudioha Franklin, explained that the problem started with the discovery of oil in the community, which he alleged the Lion Squad wanted to control revenue from.
Franklin accused the state government of only caring about oil and thus playing “politics” with people’s lives.
He said: “We have sent messages to the state government and security agencies telling them to stop politicizing people’s lives and declaring the kidnappers wanted, but all of our calls have fallen on deaf ears. deaf.
“I spoke with the SSG this (Saturday) morning, he told me he had led the security guards and they were above, but they are not above nothing. The government is only interested in oil that has been found in our community, which has made the state one of the oil producing states. They are not interested in protecting people’s lives.
“We are seriously helpless. The government is nonchalant in our fate. Come to Ogwuaniocha today is Christmas, it looks like a desert; people are fleeing their homes. We don’t celebrate. How can a small group of individuals kidnap a traditional chief, so far the government has not declared them wanted.
“Everyone is interested in oil, the government wanted to make the state an oil producing state, which they achieved through the discovery of oil in our community and the efforts of our kidnapped leader, but they don’t care. not well-being. people.
“As we speak, there is a confrontation between the kidnappers and the community vigilante group.”
When the police spokesperson, Mr. Ikenga Tochukwu, was contacted about this, he simply replied, “I have no information about this please.
Calls to the phone number of Secretary of State Government Solo Chukwulobelu had not been answered at the time of this report’s filing.
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