Enugu community takes anti-kidnapping fight to deities

*Police warn travellers against night trips during Yuletide

Following the increased kidnapping and other criminal activities in Enugu-Ezike communities in Igboeze North Local Government Area of Enugu State, the people of the area have invoked their deities and ancestors against perpetrators of the heinous acts.

Our correspondent reports that the Enugu-Ezike, known for herbal practices and traditional worships, recently became a home to criminals, including unknown gunmen, kidnappers, ritualists, and rapists.

But, last Wednesday, one Igwe Stone and other prominent sons of the town gathered in the community, where they performed the ritual and  rained curses against those that have made Enugu-Ezike, also known for palm-wine production, a dreaded place. 

The community constitutes the largest LGA in Enugu State. 

The invocation was also rained on persons involved in witchcraft, swindling, destiny snatching, among others in the area.

The event was witnessed by a large turnout of natives. It was held at Ogrute roundabout, near the council headquarters.

Prominent natives of the multi-autonomous communities include Senator Ayogu Eze, Amb Fidel Ayogu, Chief Emeka Mama, Hon Simon Atigwe, and Hon Dennis Agbo

Meanwhile, the Enugu State police command has advised travellers in the state and other Nigerians to plan for the Yuletide’s travels and expenditures.

The Public Relations Officer of the Enugu State Police Command, Daniel Ndukwe, who gave the warning in a statement on his X handle, also warned against night travels.

Ndukwe asked travellers to travel through a known transportation company, while ensuring they register their details on the manifest.

“If you travel by public transport, ensure you travel through a known transportation company.

“Don’t forget to record your name and details on the travel manifest and send details of the vehicle you travel in to a loved one,” he said.

To those travelling in their private vehicles, Ndukwe charged them to ensure such vehicles are properly serviced and maintained.

“Except extremely unavoidable, avoid night travels, Don’t travel through unfamiliar paths,

“As much as possible, get a security travel advisory on the path you travel and on your destination,” he advised.

The police spokesman enjoined the people to be prudent and not profligate as they celebrate.

“Don’t overspend and end up selling off your property just to raise funds to start life again, thereby blaming ‘village people’. Don’t do things to impress or oppress anyone. Celebrate moderately,

“As you travel, make sure you lock up and secure the home you’re leaving behind, so you don’t come back to meet a burgled home.

“Ensure you’ve got the number of the Police Command you’re traveling to and the ones you’ll pass through in case of a security emergency.

“Lastly, plan, plan, and plan your yuletide again. Do everything in moderation,” he admonished.


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