BY NWABUEZE OKONKWO
The traditional ruler of Obosi community in Idemili North Local Government Area of Anambra State, Igwe Chidubem Iweka, has confirmed the death of five persons in the area, while 15 others were critically injured in renewed violent clash between two suspected cult groups.
In a petition to the Speaker of Anambra State House of Assembly, Iweka noted that Obosi Kingdom is under siege and has been overrun by cultists resulting in serial cult wars.
According to the petition written on his behalf by his legal counsel, Austin Oguejiofor Esq., the cultists, armed with guns and other dangerous weapons, murdered Mr. Pope Okeleke and Mr. Tochukwu Obidiozor from Ugamuma village, Obosi.
In the petition entitled: “For your information and necessary action in respect of the return of violent killings and cultism in Obosi Kingdom”, the monarch also mentioned Mr. Odinaka Umolu and one other unidentified person from Ire village, Obosi as those murdered, adding that the police and local vigilante group had been overwhelmed by the cultists.
In the petition, copied to the army, the police, DSS and National Assembly, the monarch expressed the fear that his investigation revealed that the cultists were planning to invade his palace since they perceived him as the arrow head of the war against cultism in the area.
He therefore urged the authorities to take urgent steps to set Obosi Kingdom free from the cultists.
Meanwhile, the Anambra State Director of Security Services, DSS, Mr. Alex Okeiyi, confirmed the killings in Obosi but said he did not know the actual number of the deaths.
Speaking in the same vein, the state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Usman Gwary, who spoke through the Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, Emeka Chukwuemeka (DSP), confirmed the crisis and killings in Obosi but said he could not put a figure to the causalities.