latest on obosi crisis:
-Igwe Iweka 111 of Obosi tells panel
BY francis okoye
HRH Igwe Chukwudubem 111 of Obosi has told the Obosi community Administrative panel of enquiring on Obosi community crisis, sitting in Awka that he is not a cultist, neither is he involved in cultism.
Testifying at the panel while led by his counsel, Barr Ositadinma .J. Nnadi SAN, He explained that he was not involved in any activity or faction of Adike Peace Foundation ,APF, and that he did not have as allerged a Hotel or joint were cocaine is sold or any illicit drug or hard drug.
The Igwe submitted a memo to the panel titled “chronicles of atrocities committed by Adike Peace foundation (APF) Obosi which was tendered as exhibited 30, it included petitions to Inspector General of Police, the commissioner of police, Anambra State and other security Agencies to come and assist in wiping out armed robbery, kidnapping, cults, gangsters, seizure of lands of families which were sold, killing and maiming a lot of people, as well as burning down of his fast food restaurant, all by the APF.
He recalled that a personal encounter with APF in 2010 led him to put up a fight against it, when he was not yet made an igwe, with support of prominent citizens of Obosi and the Victims who were brutalized, terrorized and humiliated, they went to meet the Anambra State Government and the government banned APP and took away the Igwe’s staff of office. After proscription of the terror group, the people appealed to Chief Emeka Anyaoku to wade into the matter as APF increased its activities. This led to appointment of Chief Osita Chidoka, Ike Obosi and Chief Charles Umolu, akpe Obosi to write new constitution for the youths and establish Obosi land management committee, OLMC .On the day of OLMC inauguration, armed with approval from Awka and the police presence, APF boys attacked them and shot an 83years old man dead, Ogbueshi Arinze, beat up the red cap Chief and burnt many houses and shot many. The next day the APF members went on exile after revolt from the Town but this minimized the crisis.
The panel was informed by the Igwe of Obosi that Governor Peter Obi granted Amnesty for APF in Obosi and the Igwe Nwakoby (who was restored as Igwe) prescribe Ikpu Alu for 11 prominent APF members as a condition for the Amnesty .While still speaking, the Igwe revealed that since his emergency as Igwe, APF wants to return again and its patrons wanted to control the new Igwe as before and was not happy about the Igwe election which matter is still in court.
He said that when Allegations and court injunctions failed to stop him from being sworn in as Igwe and they have been using allegations that he is a cultist and promotes cultism, embezzled Obosi community funds, that he sold pump action gun and 2 security vehicles of Obosi people even when he was not a member of security committee, petitions and trumped up charges against him to see that he would be removed, as Igwe.
Igwe Iweka 111 tendered evidence to show that under him as Chief security officer of vigilante in Obosi, many people renounced cultism, drug addiction, gangsters, and robbery as a condition to allow them stay in Obosi peace fully.
The panel was set up by Government of Anambra State and has Justice .F.C Nwizu Rtd as Chairman, Mr. S.Y Ajege Director DSS, Mr. Sule Momodu Fsi, NDLEA commander Anambra State command, Hon Oseloka Obaze, COL Isa .M. Abdulahi, commandant 302 Artillery Regiment Onitsha, Archbishop David Ebelechukwu as members with Mr. Nwabufo Nwankwo as secretary.
Igwe Iweka 111 speaking with newsmen after the preceedings next sitting was announced by panel Chairman, and amidst solidarity songs and charts for the Igwe said that he was very satisfied with the preceedings of the panel! “It was very straight forward and my expectations are that truth will come out?”
Present at the panel’s sitting at Awka were the prominent High Chief’s of Obosi, who is who in Obosi, including youths and market women, most of them who came as a sign of support to their Igwe and in a bid to bring lasting peace to the crisis in Obosi community.