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Tension as hoodlums invade community

By Enyim Enyim

ONITSHA—The people of Obosi community, Idemili North Local Government Area of Anambra State are now living in fear following the invasion by hoodlums of  the homes of some indigenes.

The hoodlums, it was gathered , numbering about 50 invaded the compound of one of the grandson’s of the Ede of Obosi at about yesterday, armed with dangerous weapons which included guns, matches and axes. They reportedly broke the front gate of the one story building,  gained access into the compound and unleashed terror on the indigenes.

When Vanguard visited the scene of the incident, sympathizers were seen consoling some of the victims, who sustained minor bruises, while those with serious injuries were rushed to Graceland Hospital and Maternity, located at the back of Afor Adike Market, Obosi.

At the hospital, the Medical Director, Dr. Adetola Iwabi, said that immediately the victims, who were five in number were brought to the hospital,  himself and the nurses on duty commenced emergency treatment, adding that the patients were responding to treatment.

Narrating his ordeal, a grandson of the late Ede of Obosi, Mr. Onochie Ichu lamented the physical devastation the group had caused his family, adding that the boys destroyed the ceilings of the rooms in the building, including the kitchen and made away with his mother’s gold and cash worth over N2 million.

He called for the banning of the group and the prosecution of their leader. A victim, Miss Nkemakonam Ichu said that with what had just taken place,  fear had enveloped the entire community. She wondered what the traditional ruler of the community, Igwe Josiah Nwakoby has been doing in the face of all the atrocities by the hoolums.

An indigene of the community and women leader, Chief Nneka Ugwunze, regretted that such lawlessness could take place in a community such as Obosi in the 21st Century.


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