By Jude Chinedu
Elderly women from Ogbozinne, Akpugo in Nkanu West local government area of Enugu state on Monday marched round Enugu metropolis in protest against unlawful arrest and continued detention of their children by men of the Enugu State Police Command and FSARS operatives in the state.
The protest comes at a time of intensified police efforts towards the apprehension of suspects connected with the mob action that led to the death of the traditional ruler of the community, Igwe Stephen Nneji Obuneme Nwatu.
The monarch was stripped naked and beaten to death by some of his kinsmen. His death caused a riot which led to the burning of houses of persons in the community.
The women called for government intervention to save the situation, lamenting that they did not have shelter and that their houses were burnt down after the death of their Igwe.
They also decried the arrest and detention of Rev. Fr. Okafor Azikiwe and carried placards that read; Stop arrest and unjust detention, sealing of bank account, illegal closing of shops by Enugu Police Command and federal SARS, Adeniji Adele, against our children and men in Ogbozinne community, Akpugo in Nkanu west. The leader of the protesters, Mrs. Rebecca Edeh, called on Enugu state government to come to their aid and put to a stop the incessant arrest of youths and men of Ogbozinne by men ot the Enugu Police Command and federal SARS, alleging that the police often arrested male members of the community at night.
“We are here to protest against the continued arrest and detention of our children and severe harassment we are suffering in Ogbozinne community in the hands of the police and federal SARS. “We are calling on the state government to help us because since May 2018, that police officers keep arresting our youths both in the morning and at night and we have not heard from them since then.
“When will old woman like me keep sleeping outside the community. I am 78 years now. They burnt our house”, she lamented.
By Jude Chinedu