By Victoria Ojeme
THE Enugwu-Ukwu community in Njikuka Local Government Area of Anambra State has launched a manhunt for two of its kinsmen, Ugochukwu and Emmanuel, for allegedly sodomising young boys and engaging in same sex acts in the community.
The spokesperson of the community, who is also the Youth Leader, Mr. Chibuike Isulu, who spoke to Vanguard in Abuja on behalf of the community, claimed that both men were being chased by the community to answer for what he described as ‘atrocious acts’ and for desecrating their land as well as the laws of the country.
Isulu said some elders of the community had been getting complaints over the ‘unholy acts’ of the two men and had been investigating the issue over a period of time.
He said one of the accused hails from the community, while his partner is from Ezza South Local Government Area in Ebonyi State.
Isulu alleged that there are also complaints that the two accused persons had been sodomising young boys in the community and that anger against the duo had escalated.
When asked if the community planned to mete out jungle justice on both men, Isulu said the community only wants them to come and defend themselves before the people, adding that if they are eventually found guilty, they would be handed over to the appropriate authorities for prosecution.
He told Vanguard that the community’s sanction for such crime was banishment, while the families of such individuals will be made to perform some rituals to sanctify the land.
He said: “Homosexuality and same sex union are crimes against the laws of our land and the laws of Nigeria.
“We only want our culture to take its course and for anyone who had gone against our customs and tradition to be made to answer for their actions.”
The suspect speaks
When reached on his phone number provided by the community, Ugochukwu confirmed the development and disclosed that he run away from the community for fear of his life, as he is aware that some members of the community are seeking to take their lives.