Cultism : One killed as protest rocks Anyaoku's Anambra community


By Chinwe Nwacha, Onitsha


Business activities were in the early morning of Thursday, paralyzed in Obosi, country home of the former Common Wealth Secretary General, Chief Emeka Anyaoku, Idemili North Local Government Area, Anambra State, as youths in the Area took to the major roads, protesting the incessant alleged cult war that resulted in the killing of one Ikenna Charles Nwagbolu, on Wednesday.

The youths, who made bone fires with used tyres and barricaded  the Nkpor/Obosi road, said the protest  became necessary for the traditional ruler of the community, Igwe Chidubem Iweka, and others to find a lasting solution to the war and killings that have continued unabated.

Vehicular and people's movement were consequently, restricted for hours resulti in some vehicles diverting to alternative routes to avert the anger of the youths who sang war songs as they protested.

They recalled that within the year about 16 people have been killed over cult related wars and demanded that the killings be stopped immediately and sponsors made to face the wrath of the law.

Contacted, Igwec Iweka said that he has contacted one Chidi Okah, on phone, who went to douse the tension at the protest ground at Akora square.

He also said that one of the measures taken to discourage cultism was to reinstate an age long tradition preventing people who die under abominable circumstances from being given a befitting burial as the customs demand.

According to him this has discouraged  a lot of youths from cultism and called on the State Government to do more by providing support for the Movement Against Cultism in Obosi, MACOB,  that consists of renounced cult members of different groups who have come together to fight against cultism but are under threat from unrepentant cult members.

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