The traditional ruler of the Obosi community in the Idemili North Local Government Area of Anambra State, Igwe Chidubem Iweka III, has denounced the increasing rate of cult-related killings in the community.
Iweka also noted that cultists assassinated the Fellowship General Chairman, Ike Okolo, on January 2, 2023.
The monarch was reacting to the murder of Okolo, shot to death in the community by assailants yet to be identified, at a gas station, around 8:00 p.m. this Monday.
He said that himself, members of his cabinet, and other law-abiding citizens of the Obosi Ancient Kingdom knew the identities of the notorious cultists in the community.
Obosi is a community that has been struggling with cult-related clashes, a development that has led to a series of murders and community panic.
Speaking to reporters on Wednesday night, Igwe Iweka lamented that the murder of the community leader has created severe tension in the area for two consecutive days.
The monarch noted that the cultists’ activities have become so inexplicable that law-abiding citizens no longer sleep with both eyes closed, noting that they kill and maim people almost daily.
He did, however, reveal that they have forwarded the names of the “rampage” cultists to law enforcement agencies for arrest, questioning, and possibly stopping their nefarious activities in the area.
He called on the state governor, Professor Chukwuma Soludo, and the heads of security agencies in the state, including the police, Department of State Services, Army and Navy to come to his rescue before “these deadly cultists wipe out the entire citizenry, particularly now. that the royal cabinet, together with the city syndicate, have submitted the names of the bandits to law enforcement agencies.”
When contacted further about the murder of the community leader, state police public relations officer Tochukwu Ikenga told our correspondent via text message that the killers had not yet been arrested, adding that investigations were ongoing.