Leadership tussle claims 11 lives in Anambra community

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Leadership tussle claims 11 lives in Anambra community

By Emma Elekwa, Onitsha


There is palpable tension in Ogidi community in Idemili Local Government Area of Anambra State following shooting of eleven persons by members of a rival group over leadership tussle.

The victims, who were youths of the community, were reportedly attacked by the suspects on their way to a meeting targeted at resolving disputes between them and their rivals.

The suspects, numbering three were said to have also allegedly inflicted machete cuts on their victims before attacking other perceived enemies at their individual houses.

The Nation gathered that trouble started when former President of Ikenga Ogidi, Amechi Ekume summoned a meeting of the community believed to be aimed at settling disputes between the two groups in the community.

A resident of the area who preferred anonymity, said the youths were attacked by men on the other side of the dispute alleged to be loyal to Ekume.

He said, “In their attempt to inquire from their attackers why they were being attacked when a peace meeting was summoned, three of the suspected attackers allegedly pulled out pump action riffles and shot their pacifiers, leaving eleven with gun-shot wounds.”

He gave the names of some of the victims as Ndubuisi Nwabufo, Izuchukwu Oraka, Ikechukwu Achebe and Okwudili Achebe, Abuchi Iweka, Emeka Nrabalu, Onyinye Obianagha and Arinze Obiaku.

According to him, a community leader in the area, Rev. Emma Obianagha quickly reported the incident at the office of the Ogidi Divisional Police Officer.

The Nation further learnt that two of the suspects were released after they were arrested and detained.

The lawyer to the victim, B. S Onuegbu Esq., in a petition to the State Commissioner of Police, John Abang, insisted that justice should be done.

Onuegbu stated: “The youths of Ikenga Ogidi are hoping that justice would be done to avoid a situation whereby the youths will see that the justice system is weak or nothing, as these two persons arrested were released immediately without the DPO Ogidi Police Station charging the matter to court or even the riffles confiscated by the police”.

Reacting, Police spokesperson, Haruna Mohammed said he was hearing of the petition for the first time.

He said, “As usual with petitions, the Commissioner of Police will give directive for investigation.”

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