By: Uche Ndeke
Several persons have been wounded and property worth millions of Naira destroyed by hoodlums who descended heavily on in Isuaniocha , Awka North Local Government Area of Anambra State.
In the wake of the dastard attack, residents of the sleepy community have been calling on the Federal and State governments as well as security agencies to urgently come to their aid by sending patrol team to the area to guarantee safety of lives and property.
Isuaniocha a fast growing communities that make up Awka capital territory has been thrown into panic as the unidentified hoodlums wrecked havoc in the community.
An eye witness account indicated that about thirty young men carrying weapons and guns descended on the community beating up everyone in sight and destroying household effects worth millions of Naira.
Another resident alleged that the hoodlums carted away, television sets, refrigerators, assorted drinks, foams, and huge sum of money.
“I was inside the room when they invaded us, they started shooting the window glasses , breaking everywhere and parking our electronic gadgets, they collected my sisters phone from her”. She said.
Two of the injured victims, Mr Onyebuchi Okeke and Mr John Nwankwor said that they were working on a bridge leading to Otoko village when the hoodlums attacked them, shooting and destroying cars.
The President General(PG) of the community, Comrade Frank Mkpume while reacting to the incident blamed the crisis on the activities of people he described as bad elements in the community who were bent on fomenting trouble in the land for selfish purposes.
“This is the handwork of some bad elements in Isuaniocha who have sworn to destroy our town for their selfish interests. They had been involved in some illegal activities including collecting levies from developers, selling lands of individuals, intimidating people and hijacking the work of the elders and market authorities we know them.” The PG alleged.
He appealed to the government to urgently look into the matter to prevent future reoccurrence in the interest of peace and security of the people.
But another resident of the area and Chairman of Otoko village, Mr Okwudili Obiakor claimed that trouble actually started when the people of Otoko village decided to elect a leadership in December to replace an existing caretaker committee, a decision that did not go down well with the interim chairman, as he allegedly threatened to cause mayhem in the area.
The Youth Chairman of the community, Mr Onyemazi Ngini while reacting to the allegation regretted the inability of the Anambra State government to recognize their new President General(PG) after they had impeached Mr Frank Mkpume, due to the lingering crises in the area.
“Mr Mkpume went ahead to collect development levy of one million naira from a developer and never remitted such to the youths account, a situation that aggrieved the mobs to start looking for their entitlement.
“We informed the Local Government Commission that we have a new President General in December 2020, but they unilaterally nullified the election of a new PG, how can the government dictate to us who will be our leader.” Ngini quipped.