Indigenes of Uruebo village in Nkwelle Ezunaka neighborhood of Oyi Native Authorities Space of Anambra State have lamented that over 60 of their youths have remained lacking for months after disaster emanating from possession of a landed property hit the village.
An 89-year-old neighborhood chief, Chief Abel Okafor, who was a part of the villagers who got here out to protest on the village sq. on Sunday, stated three of his sons had been additionally amongst these lacking.
Okafor who addressed journalists in the course of the protest stated apart from the over 60 lacking younger males from the village, 11 others have been languishing in jail for about six months now, after they had been arrested by safety brokers on the order of a Catholic priest, Reverend Father Emmanuel Obimma, who’s popularly generally known as Ebube Muonso, who can also be an indigene of the realm.
Okafor stated, “Ebube Muonso introduced a mixed staff of safety males to our neighborhood, and advised them to arrest all of the youths within the village. He stated youths of the village had been planning to kidnap him.
“11 younger males had been arrested for over six months now, and have been languishing in jail. Youths of this neighborhood have all fled to unknown locations, and since then, now we have been on the lookout for our kids, together with three of my sons,” he stated.
Talking on the genesis of the disaster, one other neighborhood chief, Chief Augustine Okadigbo, stated Charles Obimma, elder brother to Emmanuel Obimma was elected chief of the village six years in the past, and after two necessary tenures, he refused to handover.
“We suspect he need to cling to energy as a result of he has been utilizing his affect because the chief of the village to unload landed properties owned communally.
“As we’re right here protesting, bulldozers are on the land, clearing it. We’ve got stated no to this, and the one factor his brother (Emmanuel Obimma) might do was to herald a mixed staff of safety males, together with army males to arrest our youths for kidnapping.
“We all know he’s wealthy, and we all know he’s a strong priest, however he mustn’t use his affect to intimidate his personal individuals. We’re calling on the state governor to Wade into the matter and free us from this bondage.
“We’re not begging him to not do his worse, as a result of he has achieved so already, however let him cease thwarting the reason for Justice, because the matter is already in courtroom,” they lamented.
When contacted for response, Rev Fr Obimma stated he was not keen to react, however urged that the report be publishes as it’s to his benefit.
“It’s to my benefit. Military and police report are prepared, already. So, these elders will be part of within the courtroom prices for false data. I can’t be intimidated. I had wished to launch them (suspects), primarily based on individuals’s plea, however as you possibly can see they aren’t remorseful. Let’s see the way it will finish. allow them to put together for courtroom.”
A few of the placards wielded by the protesting villagers learn; “We wish justice for the youths that had been wrongly accused, Ebube muonso cease persecuting the individuals of your land, we’re uninterested in Ebube Muonso and his intimidation”, amongst others.