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Imo community petitions IGP over assault, oppression by monarch

The People of Okpanku Village in Adakam Amumara Autonomous Community, Ezinihitte Mbaise Local Government Area of Imo State, have petitioned the Inspector General of Police over alleged assault and violent oppression by the traditional ruler of the community, Eze Ositadinma Nwokocha. In a Save-Our-Soul letter to the IGP, the people appealed for an urgent intervention to save them from the hands of the monarch.

The petition, dated 5th April, 2023 was signed by the Chairman General of the village, Anayochi Eric; Council Chairman, Chukwuemeka Okeosisi and Secretary General, Simon Amechi. The village heads alleged that the traditional ruler has been intimidating, assaulting and inducing the arrest of villagers on false allegations. The petition reads in part: “The said traditional ruler has on several occasions orchestrated the storming and invasion of our villages by unknown armed men who unleash mayhem, breaking down doors, assaulting, humiliating and abducting our people and taking them to the Ezinihitte Police Area Command where they are framed with false allegations and extorted of various sums of money for no known offence. “The traditional ruler uses this as a tactic to intimidate and silence our people from questioning his involvement in a land dispute in Okpanku village which is currently in court. He is also involved in illegal sand dredging business in the community river crisscrossing three villages and uses local armed thugs to harass and intimidate people who elected him as their traditional ruler.

“Invitation by the D3 CID of Imo State Police Command, Owerri recently extended to one of the traditional ruler’s dangerously armed boys, Chibuenyi Nwachukwu from his Obibi village for unlawful possession of firearms is yet to be honoured. The suspect coordinates the traditional ruler’s interests in illegal dredging business in the community, a source of communal tension. Chibuenyi has been involved in several violent attacks and the use of pump action rifles to harass, threaten and injure people on behalf of the traditional ruler. The police invitation to him was prompted by a complaint lodged at the Imo State Police Headquarters for unlawful possession of firearms by Amumaraokahia village. But the traditional ruler has been shielding the suspected criminal. “Attempts by operatives from D3, State CID, Owerri, Imo State Police Headquarters to arrest the said Chibuenyi have also not been successful owing to interferences by the traditional ruler. This is precisely why we are requesting that Zone 9 Umuahia be directed to step in

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