·        Want govt to arrest, prosecute Monarch,others

By Rejoice Ihedioha

Honorable Camillus Okoro, Councilor representing Egbema Ward A in Ohaji Egbema local government area of Imo state has countered the statement made by the police concerning the killings at Mmahu autonomous community in Ohaji/Egbema LGA, which claimed the lives of seven individuals which the police claimed was a fight between two notorious cult groups.

The councilor who made this known to journalists during a press briefing at the NUJ Secretariat along Port Harcourt road, Owerri yesterday said, “those that killed our people are not cultists. It was purely  a political killing masterminded by the Eze Ikechukwu Iwuogu,the Ezemma of Mmahu autonomous community  and his palace cabal”.

He however stated that the problem started when the local government chairman of Ohaji Egbema local government area of Imo state, Honorable Marcel Amadioha appointed  Presidents general and the secretaries of the town unions in Ohaji Egbema local government area through the instructions of   his Excellency, Distinguished Senator Hope Uzodimma.

He further stated that the Eze never accepted to work with those people appointed by the local government chairman and went further to call a meeting where he openly vowed never to work with them adding that Eze invited his brother, Honorable Heclus Okoro, member representing Ohaji Egbema state constituency who termed the appointment made by the local government chairman as illegal and dissolved the appointments.

However, he went further to say that in one of the meetings with the Eze, Uche Nwokocha saw the prison escapees who Osita Ogbiri is the leader and made it known to the people. Few days later he was killed, adding that this made  Chief Athanatius Nwokocha, one of the cabinet members of the Eze in one of the meeting to speak against the act stating that the community has not witnessed these killings and few days later he was killed.

He added that these killings have political undertone masterminded and supported by  the  house of Assembly member, Chief Celestus Ifenyinwa, Chief Ikenna Ajagala, Azuka Nwadialor, Chinedu Noble Omeogu, Augustus Orioha who conspired with the Eze and house of assembly members.

“After the killings, there was a little peace until January 27th 2022, when we were invited by the police  command with a petition from some of our leaders residing in Port Harcourt which Eze is a member of the Mmahu Solidarity Movement. The petition read that” the local government chairman made an illegal appointment in Mmahu autonomous community and these appointees are causing the killings of the people mentioned earlier, which they refuted stating the incident that happened. 

“At about 9:45pm, these killers and prison escapees came and killed Ezinna Charles Mgbarahu, the President General of Mmahu autonomous community, Charles Cosmas Nwachukwu, the secretary and Mr Chinedu Anele, the PRO, Okoro Nwabueze Edem,Ndubuisi Nwabuisi, Junior Ifenyiriwoke and Isaac Ojeniga who are supporters of the appointment” he added.

The councilor pleaded with the government to arrest and prosecute  the Monarch for proper interrogation and to fish out those that were involved to avoid future occurrence of such issue.”Our lives are in danger, in case anything the Eze Ikechukwu Iwuogu, Honorable Heclus Okoro,Chief Augustus Orioha, Mr. Azuka Nwadialor, Mr Chinedu Noble Omeogu should be held responsible.”