Anambra lawyer alleges threat to life, fingers sponsored militia group
By Praise Necherem
A legal practitioner, Barr. Basil Igwike has raised the alarm alleging threat to his life and that of his family by certain members of the Umuchukwu community in Orumba South local government area of Anambra state. He alleged the threats were being masterminded by a certain billionaire through his militia group, warning that the group should be held responsible if anything happened to him.
Igwike, a native of Nkerehi community, in a press briefing, claimed that no investigations had since been carried out, neither had anyone been arrested or prosecuted since over 14years the episode started. He said, “The whole incident started in 2007 when the man singlehandedly removed all the signboards in the community with Nkerehi inscriptions and replaced them with the ones with Umuchukwu inscription without any consultations.
“We rejected to change (sic) our ancestral name from Nkerehi to Umuchukwu. That was what led to the crisis in the peaceful community.
“We went to court for the purported name change, from High Court to Court of Appeal and to Supreme Court. While the matter is still pending in court, we secured a ruling of court competent jurisdiction ordering both parties to carry on with their activities unmolested.
“That ruling is yet to be vacated by any other court till date. Yet, the Umuchukwu community have (sic) continued to molest, attack and destroy properties of Nkerehi people, repeatedly. We’ve complained to Nigerian Police from that 2007 till date, but it bleeds the heart that all our complaints have never yielded fruits.”
The lawyer further alleged that the group had boasted pocketing the police, claiming that none of them could be arrested. “We’ve seen their boasting playing out. People have been killed, properties vandalised and other illegal activities going on in the community, yet nobody is facing trial in any court.
Reacting, president general of Umuchukwu town, Comr. Emeka Adinchezor dismissed the allegations as a campaign of calumny targeted at smearing the image of the accused billionaire who he said was present outside the country.