INCREDIBLE – MYSTERY. THE DISAPPEARANCE OF SEVEN YOUTHS IN ANAMBRA STATE.
The disappearance of seven Youth leaders in Okuzu Village, Oba, Idemili South local government area of Anambra State, has heightened tension in the State
This is also as the arrest of four Chiefs and invasion of the community by security operatives has instilled fears in residents
The Nation gathered Tuesday, that the youth leaders, whose whereabouts are still unknown, were those allegedly resisting the sale of the Community’s lands.
It was equally gathered that the youth leaders had not been seen in the community since Easter Sunday.
A source, who spoke with The Nation Tuesday, alleged that the youths were taken away by Policemen, who stormed the Community on the said date.
When contacted, the President General of Okuzu Village in Oba, Hon Ibeabuchi Ukadike, confirmed the incident.
He told The Nation that the area had become like a war zone, as security personnel had taken over the entire city, adding that his people were now living in fear.
Ukadike, further alleged that about four prominent men in the area (High Chiefs) were being hounded in the Village by security operatives including himself and Chief Akonam Akuatuegwu and Chief Bennett Chibueze without any reason.
He said the Police claimed they were sponsoring the youths in selling lands, aiding them to rape women and ordering them to beat people.
However, he debunked all the allegations, adding that the Police headquarters in Awka, had invited them twice but told them to go without anything
The State Police Public Relation’s Officer, Mohammed Haruna, confirmed the arrests.
He said it was a case of alleged conspiracy, malicious damage, threatening violence and conduct likely to breach the peace of the State.
Haruna further told The Nation that the case had been charged to Court for prosecution.
He did not however disclose but the court which they were charged to.
In addition; Displaying placards with various inscriptions, the youth and women
asked the monarch to produce the missing money to avoid further rage.
Some of the inscriptions on the placards read, ‘He must refund our
money’, ‘We don’t need this kind of monarch again’, ‘This Igwe should
be arrested and prosecuted’, ‘Governor Willie Obiano come and rescue’,
They marched on the Ama Umuawulu village square and other roads in the
community, including the frontage of the monarch’s palace singing
uncomplimentary songs about the Igwe.
Security operatives, however, prevented the crowd of about 400
persons, from entering the monarch’s compound.
The leader of the protesters, Ifeanyi Iloakasia, a lawyer, said the
state government should order the monarch to refund the money to the
He said the N150 million was the compensation the state government
paid to the community for acquiring land in the community.
“If the government fails to intervene and retrieve the money from
Igwe, we will not have any option but to resort to self-help.
“The monarch and the estate valuer are in an unholy alliance to rip
off the Mkpunando community and we will not allow this to happen in
“The total money paid to the community by the government was N150m,
while the commission was N15 million for the facilitators and till
date, we have not received anything from the Igwe,” Iloakasia
However, Edozieuno told Punch that the protesters were liars, adding
that he did not owe anybody or group.
According to him, the main issue for the protesters’ action was not
the money, but because he defeated the family of the initiators during
the kingship contest.