A 91-years old retired soldier, Ogbuefi Obiezue, on Monday led other elders and youths of Adagbe Okpalaegwu Amawa Village, Ogbunike in Oyi Local Government Area of Anambra State to protest alleged intimidation and harassment by one of their kinsmen, Mr. Godwin Obidigbo.
The protesters who stormed the Nteje police station with over ten vehicles over alleged use of Police from the station to intimidate them, had earlier gone to the Zone 13 Police Zonal Command, Ukpo, Dunukofia Local Local Government Area of the State to retrieve and respond to a petition against them by the accused.
The officers at the station had attempted to prevent the protesters from presenting their case, but were however resisted by the visibly angry nonagenarian who claimed to be retired official of the Nigerian Police, Nigerian Army and officer of the defunct Biafran Army.
He said, “At 91, if I cannot say the truth, and be afraid to correct misbehaving youth who is junior to my children, then I am a coward and all the years I spent in the Nigerian Police, Nigerian and Biafran Army were all in vain.
“Godwin Obidigbo and his younger brother Sunday, who claimed to be an official of the Department of State Services DSS, are not behaving well. They have been thorns in the flesh of our community just because we told them to treat their younger cousins well and not to deny them their rights to their family property.
“Instead of the Obidigbo’s, particularly, Godwin to listen to the wise counsel, he decided using the Police to intimidate and harass us with frivolous petition, including arresting exco members of our village meeting for openly condemning their maltreatment to their younger cousins.
“Emeka Okoye, Okwudili Obiora and Chiedu Ikeako, are all members of Amobi large family and cousins to the Obidigbo’s we interceded for, that led to their use of the Police from Nteje and Zone 13 Police Zonal Command, to arrest, harass and intimidate the executive and members of the Community Forum, a village meeting that unites us.
“Aside the rights denial, they also constantly arrest and keep their cousins in Police stations and when we as a community intervene to bring them out, they turn against us and start arresting those who speak out against their activities.
“Today we decided that such intimidation must stop and that is why we are here to protest, after we had gone to Zone 13 Police Zonal Command, Ukpo to respond to petition he wrote against us, just to silence the entire Adagbe Okpalaegwu Amawa community.”
Chairman of Adagbe Okpalaegwu Amawa Community Forum, Mr Uchenna Anachuna, while corroborating Obiezue’s claims, said he and his deputy had been arrested three times over their decisions recorded during one of their meetings.
“We have gone through all kinds of pains and false allegations in the hands of the Obidigbo brothers, just because we openly condemn things they are not doing well,” he said.
When approached by journalists, Obidigbo declined comments on the matter, insisting they must meet him at the Zone 13 command to furnish them with documents concerning the matter.
He however was unable to produce the documents at the Zone 13, but alleged threat to life by the Chairman of Adagbe Okpalaegwu Community Forum and his executives.