Protest rocks Enugu over assassination of ex-guber aspirant, missing monarch

Protest has erupted in Enugu metropolis over the alleged killing of a former governorship aspirant in the just concluded general elections and community leader in Ozalla community in Nkanu West Local Government Area of Enugu State by yet-to-be-identified assassins.

The community also protested the continuous missing of their traditional ruler, Igwe Donald Nwochi, who was last seen on December 24, 2021 as well as others who left their homes and never returned.

Udeh was reported missing on Saturday April 22 in Enugu, and his lifeless and decomposing body was found in a bush at 9th Mile Bypass in Udi Local Government Area, on April 25, at about 11:00 a.m.

Angered by the continuous murders and inexplicable abductions going on in the community, the people of the community took to the streets of Enugu to protest what they described as the rising abductions and unabated murder of innocent people in the community in more than one year now.

The people of the community, led by their town union president, Chief Charles Nwagbara, village heads, women and youths, marched through the city centre to the government house, carrying palm fronds and placards with various inscriptions depicting their fears, chatting mournful songs and demanded justice for the deceased and all missing persons from the community.

The President-General of the town union, Nwagbara, who addressed newsmen, said, the protest was to demand justice for the deceased and unravel the mystery behind the incidents.

“The incident we are protesting about happened penultimate Saturday, which we all took as that of missing person. We thought that he would come out as we went into prayers. Little did we know that the devil and the bad people in our society had taken his life.

“We are not saying that we are suspecting anybody. But it has happened to us one time and too many times.

“You will recall that on December 24, 2021, Igwe Dons Nwochi was kidnapped and up till today he has not returned.

“Now again, Chief Engr. Dons Udeh was abducted and his phone was found within Enugu here and we were informed that his corpse was found at 9th Mile.

“We the Ozalla people are aggrieved. We are demanding for justice. We have decided to match to the government house to have a conversation with the governor over these abductions.

“The gap Udeh’s death has left in our community, will be too huge to fill by anyone else”.

Asked whether the community has any clues about these incidents, Nwagbara, who doubles as the chairman of Nigeria Bar Association in Enugu, said “There are no clues yet for the perpetrators of this crime. No arrest has been made. That’s why we’re protesting.

“Apart from Igwe Donald Nwochi, there are some other such incidents like that and we are worried as a community.

“We are also demanding that the perpetrators of these heinous acts be brought to justice.

“I want to thank the people of Ozalla who had thronged out here. It is Dons today,.who knows whose turn it could be tomorrow?”.

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