Council boss’ husband, traditional ruler held over attacks on community

Ogochukwu Anioke, Abakaliki

Husband of a Development Centre Cordinator in Ebonyi Maurice Nkwuda has been arrested by the Police over his allegged complicity in the attacks on his Amuzu Igbeagu community by gunmen.

Amuzu’s wife, Roseline, is the Cordinator of Igbeagu Development Centre in Izzi local government area.

Also arrested alongside Nkwuda is the traditional ruler of the community and an ally to Nkwuda, Ogbonnaya Ukwa.

Polie Spokesman, Loveth Odah confirmed the arrest to The Nation.

“Yes they were arrested on Friday following the allegations by the community that they were behind the crisis in the area. They were later released after interrogation because of the police IGP’s policy of not congesting the cell to avoid Covid-19 infection,” Odah said.

The spokesman however noted that they were told to report back to the Police Headquarters Abakaliki on a Monday with the coordinator.

“We are still investigating the matter. The matter has been transferred to the State Criminal Investigation Department (CID)”, she added.

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Meanwhile, members of the community staged a peaceful protest around Abakaliki on Saturday to protest the allegged attack and destruction of their houses and properties by unknown gunmen.

The Nation had reported how the community was attacked with houses and properties worth millions of naira destroyed by gunmen allegedlly working for Mr Nkwuda.

The villagers, bearing various inscriptions, accused the duo of masterminding the attacks on them for their selfish reasons.

Members of the community during the protest.

They marched through various streets in the capital city on their way to the Old Government House Abakaliki but were intercepted at Union Bank Junction by Policeman who ordered them to end the protest.

After discussions with the Police Officers, the villagers peacefully ended the protest at the location with a briefing to journalists.

One of the leaders of the protesters, Nwikwe Uchenna Prince, narrated how the crisis started.

“We are here to tell our peace loving governor that the husband of the Cordinator of our Development Centre, Maurice Nkwuda and the traditional ruler, Ogbonnaya Ukwa are the ones instigating crisis in the community,” Nwikwe said.

According to him, the recent crisis started after the duo lost a court case over the election of a new village head for the community.

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