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Mkpulummiri: Controversy over death of meth user in Awka

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THE death of a middle aged man,  one Anayo Nwafo, in Enugwu-Agidi, Njikoka Local Government Area of Anambra State near Awka metropolis, alleged to be taking methamphetamine, popularly known as mkpurummiri after being manhandled by both security operatives and youths of the community  is currently generating strife and  diverse opinions in the community.

  Residents say that Nwafo, who is a father of four from Irunebo village in Enugwu–Agidi, was picked up and beaten by security operatives in the community’s secretariat in the early hours of the fateful day. After this, some youths who were led by their chairman, popularly called Ebuka One Man, led his colleagues to beat Nwafo again.

  According to one of the residents, who was an eyewitness, after the beating the man staggered to various shrines in the community crying and finally died in one of the shrines.

  The eye witness further said that while they were beating the man, his mother and some other women pleaded with them to stop but they ignored them.

  Following his death, women of the community ,Tuesday, took to the streets, protesting the death of the man and decried the manner in which he was manhandled, insisting that Nwafo was not the only one guilty of the offense.

  Meanwhile, the community has relieved Ebuka One-Man of his position as youth chairman for his involvement in the death of Nwafo.

  Speaking to journalists on the issue, the President General of the community,  Chukwuebuka David Onuora condemned the high intake of illicit drugs, particularly Methamphetamine, which he said had destroyed the lives of youths in the community and also sent a lot of them to their early graves.

  He also used the opportunity to condemn the way Nwafor was manhandled by the youths that led to his death.

  Onuorah, who was represented by the public relations officer, Dumebi Onubuiyi, blamed the youths  for taking laws into their hands instead of consulting the  Enugwu- Agidi Development Union (EDU)

  According to him, they have sent a condolence message to the family of the deceased, and efforts are being put in place to reach the youths involved in the matter. He added that they have contacted the police and relevant bodies concerning the incident.

  The legal adviser to the community, Chuka Nwaogbu said there was a general meeting held in the community concerning those indulging in illicit drugs, who were told to move away from the community within 48 hours.

 He advised the youths to desist from illicit drugs, adding that there is a seminar coming up in the community to educate the youths on the dangers of illicit drugs.

  He stated that once youths desist from taking illicit drugs, rape and all kinds of violence among the youths will stop.” We are joining hands with the Njikoka LGA in telling youths to desist from illicit drugs.”

  When contacted, the Anambra State Police Public Relations Officer, Tochukwu Ikenga said he did not get any report on that.

  However, the deceased’s mother, who hails from Mgbakwu, in Awka North LGA,  was said to have vowed to report all those involved in the death of her son to different idols.

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