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Obiano’s Special Adviser urges against anarchy in communities

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ANAMBRA State Government has reaffirmed its unequivocal commitment to the sustenance of peace and security of lives and property of the citizenry throughout the 181 communities in the state.

    The Special Adviser to the governor on Local Government, Chieftaincy and Town Union Matters, Queen Vera Okonkwo, made the assertion while addressing a group of youths from Ogwuaniocha, in Ogbaru Local Government Area, who staged a protest march at the Government House, Awka, bearing placards with different inscriptions.

  Mrs. Okonkwo warned that the government would not tolerate anarchy and any act that would truncate the prevailing tranquillity in the state, just as she reaffirmed that Igwe Oliver Nnaji remains the authentic traditional ruler of the community, officially recognised and issued the certificate with staff of office by the state government.

  The adviser’s clarification was sequel to an allegation by the demonstrators that one Mr. Okwudiri Ogana had perfected plans to forcibly enthrone himself as the royal father of Ogwuaniocha on June 28 or July 5, this year, which the youths vowed to resist as it would cause bloodbath in the community if not halted by the government.

  She frowned against those indulging in such acts of impunity and lawlessness which are inimical to the concerted efforts by the Obiano’s administration to maintain the state’s present rating as the most peaceful and safest in the country, in order to sustain the current tempo of grassroots’ development.

  Earlier, the leaders of the protesting Ogwuaniocha Progressive Youth Association (OPYA), Onyedi Uchenna, Chukwujioha Franklin and Ngodi Chukwurah, in a petition submitted to the special adviser and made available to the press, complained bitterly against the escalating threat to public order arising from the provocative activities of the said Mr. Ogana and his cohorts to cause mayhem in the community.

  The petition captioned: “A complaint against attempt to breach public peace and security by Mr. Okwudiri Ogana and his cohorts, urgent call for your intervention,” further accused the four men of plotting “to create a parallel government in order to frustrate the community war against illegal oil mining” with a view to controlling the continuation of illegal crude exploration activities in the locality.

  400d bags of rice donated by Governor Willie Obiano as COVIOD-19 palliative for youths in the town were allegedly seized by the said Ogana who “ordered his lion youths to hijack” the rice at gunpoint, thereby defeating the purpose of the economic stimulus.

  They further appealed to the police authorities in the state to urgently intervene in the rising crisis to avert imminent breakdown of public order and bloodshed “as Ogwuaniocha youths will resist any attempt by any individual to create a parallel government.”

  Some of the placards read “Our community is now at tipping point of bloodshed,” “Governor Obiano help us,” “We will resist any illegal enthronement, Igwe Oliver Nnaji is our traditional ruler,” “We say no to anarchy,” etc.

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