…Threaten monarch, vandalise properties
EBENEBE community in Awka North Local Government Area of Anambra State is reeling under the activities of suspected cultists who invaded the palace of the traditional ruler of the community, Igwe Christopher Nnaegbune, threatening to unleash venom on him.
The cultists stormed Igwe Nnaegbune’s palace chanting war songs in what the monarch perceived as a fight opposed to his defiant stand against cult and vices related activities in the community which he said no mortal can change however the pressure.
”In the wee hours of Monday, June 27, cultists invaded my palace asking me to open my gates which I didn’t. Imagine them threatening to deal with me for carrying out my legal duties. Who do they think they are? I can’t be alive to allow criminals take over this peaceful town.”
“If they have no meaningful thing to do, they should leave this town. I can’t run away from my subjects to carry out my legal duties. That some criminals were arrested does that call for threats and destruction of properties. They shouldn’t expect me to align with evil,’ he said.
Earlier, the cultists had invaded the family house of the Chairman of Obuno Village Youths, Mr Chukwujekwu Okoye, who they accused of aiding in the arrest of their members.
Narrating his encounter with the cultists, Chukwujekwu’s brother, Festus Okoye, in a chat with National Light said that more than 200 cultists invaded their compound by 1am.”
“They came in search of my brother, Mr Chukwujekwu Okoye, who by providence wasn’t at home that day. The cultists are unhappy with his dogged fight against robbery and vices in the village. Perhaps, they might have killed him supposing he was in the compound.”
”In the process, they discovered that I was inside with my wife and my child. They ordered us to come outside. But I pleaded with them. On hearing my voice, they said ‘Oh, he is man of God, let us leave him.’ That was how they spared my family.”
“Though no life was lost besides vandalising two of the buildings, they destroyed tables, chairs, generating sets, among other properties.
”Since it happened, none of my family members has slept in this compound. The reason is simple, we don’t know their next line of action,” he said.
Mr Okoye called for government intervention to nip crime in the bud in Ebenebe, as his life and those of his family were in danger because of the cultists’ threat to his family.