A seventy five year old man , Mr Reuben Onwuegbunem from Orebe village , Amansea in Awka North Local government area of Anambra state has called on security agents and the Government to come to his rescue after few elements allegedly connived and banished his family from the community.
The father of six who was visibly crying while narrating his ordeal said his son was attacked by two claiming to be local vigilante in the village for reasons yet unknown to him.
” Ukwa and Friday security personnel came to my house in the evening and started fighting my son who was outside urinating after they flashed him torchlight, i rushed out to ask them what was the problem they started beating me too.”
According to him, the security men immediately rang the village bell leading to other youths coming out to join in beating and dragging him on the floor.
” they started beating me , my son and my wife, they destroyed all the property in my house, my two motorcycles and other valuables saying that i have been disobeying the rules in the community” .
Mr Onwuegbunem therefore appealed to government and security agents to urgently come his aid by visiting the community to ascertain the true situation of the matter.
I have reported the matter three different times to police , our President General is aware but , i am sure they consulted him before coming to destroy my house and he aligned with them for reasons i don’t know”
The only crime i committed is because i asked them to leave my land inheritance for me as the only surviving son of my father”
His wife Mrs Ngozi Onwuegbu recalled that life has been very unbearable for her and her children since she ran to her fathers village for safety.
” I went to process garri in my husbands village, some youth came there and said that they dont want to see me there again, i was confused as i parked my cassava and ran back to my fathers house “
In an interview, a community leader in the area, Chief Cosmos Okonkwor from Umuokpala village , Amansea, who expressed worry over the development called for peaceful resolution of the matter as it was beginning to impede on the development of the area.
” honestly this thing is strange to me, i have tried to call on the Orebe chairman of the village and others to come together and settle this matter to no avail. Whatever government will do please let them come and do it fast for safety of lives and property”
In an interview , the Chairman of Orebe village, Mr Okechukwu Nwafor-Iga said the village had certain rules and regulations which had always been violated by Mr Onwuegbunem and his family members .
“The rules and regulations in my village were set even by the same man who has been violating them, all we want is peace and progress in our town, we cant support evil at all, how can one person at all times be having issues with the entire village, its unfair he is an adult but not doing what is right”.