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Mayhem In Anambra State As Youths Clash With Vigilante Group by OrientDailyNews: 12:19am On Jun 08, 2018
…Schools shut, corps members sacked, roads blocked

By Okechukwu Onuegbu
Bloody mayhem is looming in Umuomaku in Orumba South Local Government Area of Anambra State following clashes between irate youths and members of the community vigilante group.

Orient Daily gathered that the cri­sis which took a dramatic twist last Tuesday, with the destruction of pa­trol van donated to the community vigilante by the Anambra state gov­ernment, culminated in the closure of private and public schools as well as chasing away of 19 members of National Youth Service Corp (NYSC) deployed to the community.

A community source linked the fiasco to a parallel vigilante group installed by the President Gener­al of Umuomaku, Robert Obi, af­ter dissolving ‘legally’ constituted vigilante members some months back. According to the source, the community was against the new vigilante group because the pres­ident general did not only take the unilateral decision without consult­ing them but also failed to tell them why he dissolved the existing one.

The source further alleged that what broke the camel’s back was that seven NYSC members serving at various schools in the commu­nity were robbed twice and they contacted the ‘new vigilante mem­bers’ yet nothing happened to fish out the culprits.

“However, the same vigilan­te went to beer-parlour to arrest someone driving a new vehicle. They accused him of stealing the vehicle. We know that it was a lie and told them to first go and fish out the robbers who invaded the NYSC members lodge before they can come to arrest the car owner.

“We engaged them and chased them away. Later, we called for a meeting to resolve our differences with them.
While the meeting was going on, one of the vigilante mem­bers phoned the police and they came to arrest us.
Immediately we spotted them, we ran after them. They ran away, and we overpow­ered the vigilante members, beat them mercilessly and destroyed their security vehicle.

We chased away the NYSC members in our town so that no harm will happen to them. We shutdown schools and our Eke markets, barricaded our roads so that nobody can come in or go out until the PG come and ad­dress us,” the source added.

It was further learnt that the youths want their president general to explain to them why he consti­tuted another Vigilante group and why he was yet to introduce Solo­mon Ozoemena Eboh, the winner of Umuomaku traditional ruler’s elec­tion held on 30th of December 2017.

The source also disclosed that Umuomaku youths want the PG to explain why he wrote to the state government to cancel the election as well as why he had never convened a town union meeting till date.

Confirming the report, the lead­er of NYSC members in Umuo­maku, Mr. Chibuike Ori, said they left the community in search of security elsewhere since the youth and vigilante members who ought to secure their lives and properties are currently fighting each other.

“We have entered our report at Umunze local government area, Orumba South divisional police headquarter and Awka police must be aware. They later told us to come back and we obeyed but when we sensed that our safety might not be guaranteed we left again.

“The crises started last week Thursday when we left our lodge to CDS at local government area. When we returned, we discovered that our kitchen was burgled, and our food and pots stolen.

We in­formed the vigilante, the president general and Igwe elect and they promised to get back to us. But on Monday last week, we went to school and returned to discov­er that our kitchen was burgled again, and they made away with our food and money,” Ori said.

When contacted, the Police Pub­lic Relations Officer (PPRO) Haruna Muhammad, first claimed not to be aware of the incident but later told our reporter to come with an intro­duction letter to his office before he could grant him an interview as he knows only one reporter from Orient Daily, whom he would only grant interview.

Attempts to hear from the Chair­man of Umuomaku Vigilante group failed as his phone was switched off as at press time.
Meanwhile, Mr. Ezekiel Abazu, the former acting chairman of Umu­omaku vigilante group, while exon­erating himself and the formation of vigilante from the crisis, said he was informed on phone by some in­digenes of the community that the breakdown of law and order was as a result of misunderstanding be­tween the vigilante group and some youths over a robbery activity.

However, the President General of Umuomaku, Mr. Robert Obi, in a phone interview, dismissed the alle­gation that the crisis was connected to the election of the traditional ruler.

According to him, “it was smok­ers and miscreants who chose to beat up security men, destroyed their van and other properties be­cause the security men wanted to arrest suspects who allegedly robbed some NYSC members de­ployed to the community.”

Obi noted that the government, Orumba Divisional Police Office and Anambra State police com­mand was aware of the existing vigilante group, which was inau­gurated by them.

He urged this reporter to call him in evening to be updated on how the incident was resolved “because the situation is already under control by the police.”


https://orientdailynews.com.ng/cityscope/mayhem-umuomaku-youths-clash-vigilante/






lalasticlala
Re: Mayhem In Anambra State As Youths Clash With Vigilante Group by HungerBAD: 12:26am On Jun 08, 2018
Nothing here.

It is a family matter that will be settled amicably.

Igbo Amaka.

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Re: Mayhem In Anambra State As Youths Clash With Vigilante Group by hisgrace090: 3:22am On Jun 08, 2018
Let get to the root of the matter for a lasting solution.
Re: Mayhem In Anambra State As Youths Clash With Vigilante Group by menix(m): 4:52am On Jun 08, 2018
OrientDailyNews:


But on Monday last week, we went to school and returned to discov­er that our kitchen was burgled again, and they made away with our food and money,” Ori said.


lalasticlala

So people Now keep money in the kitchen

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