By Nwogha Ndubuisi Andy and Okereke Wilson Ogbonnaya
The entire people of Igbeagu Autonomous Community through their village heads and other stakeholders have frowned at the alleged gruesome killing of a tricycle operator and an indigene of Amoda/Ekebeligwe village, Mr. George Nkwoegu and cast curses on the criminal(s).
The pronouncement was made on Wednesday, 25th September 2019, by the Traditional Ruler of the area, HRH Eze Michael Ogbonnaya Ukwa at his palace while having a meeting with various vigilante groups of the community.
The traditional ruler while narrating the incident told Citizens’ Advocate that on a fateful day, the victim was carrying out his legitimate activity without having the inkling of what was to about to befall him.
He was said to have been approached by some persons who disguised themselves as passengers for a special drop service.
He said that immediately, after haggling, the victim yielded to the people’s request and conveyed them to their expected destination.
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In accordance with the killers’ directive, he headed to a lonely road within the community, and when they found out that the unpleasant act could attract attention, they used a noose-rope like to strangle him to death.
He further disclosed that the gathering characterized with the pronouncement indicated that his subjects were not happy with the dastard act meted out on late George.
Eze Ukwa used the occasion to instruct the vigilante group members to ceasefire concerning their crisis with Ukelle people of Cross River as peace had been made between the warring areas.
He, therefore, warned that on no account should somebody shoot a gun or engage himself in illegal acts capable of causing a problem in the area.
The Izzi Divisional Police Officer, SP Maigoroson J. Joshua, during his interaction with the people advised the security guards to always be of good conduct in order not to abuse the residents’ confidence and trust over their service.
He cited a case of Mrs. Augustina Nwalaji, 35 who was recently abducted at Iboko by unknown persons who are requesting for N2.8million ransom.
He, therefore, charged the people, mostly the youths to engage themselves meaningfully as such action would not give them the chance of plotting evil, maintaining that the common notion stating that “police is your friend” is real.
Igbeagu Development Center Coordinator, Hon. (Mrs.) Roseline Nkwuda appreciated her people for their peaceful disposition and appealed to the National Boundary Commission for demarcation to ensure lasting peace between the conflicting communities.
She further urged all the stakeholders to join the crucial step of Governor Umahi designed for out of school children by identifying their subjects who really need such gesture so that the opportunity would not be hijacked by other persons while appealing that adults should be included in the directive to enable them to learn how to read and write.