Ogidi Nwafor Annual Cultural Festival Turns Bloody As Villagers Dump Deceased’s Corpse At Igwe’s Palace

July 24, 2020
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Igwe’s rep at the palace,High Chief Ugochukwu Okwuosa Owelle addressing the irate youths.

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By CHUKS EKE

Ogidi community, Idemili North Local Government Area, Anambra state,

is a boiling sequel to the alleged death of a youth leader, Chike Okoye,

who was trying to evade police arrest when the police stormed his

Umueze Alor village, to arrest him and others over a land issue

between the community and the Traditional Ruler, Igwe Pharmacist Alex

Onyido.

The incident which coincided with this year’s Nwafor Ogidi annual cultural

festival of the Ogidi community, occured Thursday evening at the commencement of the when the

week-long festivities..

When the news of the death of the youth leader filtered into the ears

of the people of Umueze Alor village, Ogidi that one of their sons has died

in a bid to escape police arrest and that scores have already been

arrested by the police, the people ran amok, made straight to the

house of the deceased to pick his corpse but the corpse had been

deposited earlier at the Iyi-Enu Mission hospital morgue, Ogidi.

They then made bone fire with used tyres, barricaded the ever-busy

Onitsha-Enugu old road and made straight to the morgue brought the

corpse and rushed to the palace of the monarch where they deposited it and dispersed.

Addressing newsmen on the incident, the Chairman of the village who

led the protesters, Mr Obidi Benedith, flanked by his vice, Nonso

Agbata, (a.k.a. Inwelle Ogidi) said that, “the cause of this death was

the community  Ogbor land which the monarch built culverts upon and

started encroachment without our consent”

 “So on asking why such should be done, he started arresting those who

are out to oppose him, including myself, the deceased, my vice and

others”

“We have dumped the corpse in his palace and demanded that he should

release those he arrested, stop encroaching on our land and arresting

us before the corpse will be removed”

“It was the police that the monarch sent that held him as he was about

to evade the arrest in his house and was pushed down from the one

-storey building and he died”, he revealed further.

 Prior to their departure, the monarch who was represented by  a High

Chief, Ugochukwu Okwosa Owelle,  urged them to soft-pedal  that as

brothers the death has happened and as such should be amicably

settled.

“You should see it that the death has happened and what we need now is

solution for a peaceful settlement as brothers”

“What you people are doing now is worsening the situation, I plead

that we discuss as brothers for the good of us all”, he pleaded.

His plea fell on deaf ears as they left him with the corpse  and

minutes later, the President General of the Community, PG, High Chief

Chuka Onubogu, stormed the palace and took the corpse back to the

morgue.

He described the incident as unfortunate and urged the bereaved to

take heart as it was not an intentional act.

“It is unfortunate and we have to take heart as it was not intentional

and no body arrested the deceased nor beat him up from what I was

told. He fell down as he was escaping as I was told but autopsy will

tell the cause of his death”

On the part of those still under detention, he said that, “they will

soon be released,  I have talked with the CP and he assured me that

they will be released immediately”

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