Ozubulu, headquarters of Ekwusigo Local Government Area of Anambra State has become a ghost town after police invaded the town to arrest a 94-year-old chief priest of Ndekwulu and five youth leaders of the community for invoking curses and death on those behind the killings of Indigenes of the community in Nigeria and South Africa.
Others arrested are Emeka Anaekwe, Anazo Ilomuanya, Okoli Udegbunam, Ifediora Aloysius and Igbokwe Nnanyeleze, according to Vanguard sources, the names of 30 other youths are still on the wanted list of the police, a situation that has made the town deserted.
Trouble started when concerned youths, on the platform of Concerned Indigenous People of Ozubulu, CIPO, were said to have met and decided to seek solution to the suspected contract killings of indigenes of the community in the country and in South Africa for some years now. The situation where scores of people were murdered in a Catholic church during service last year comes to mind with its sheer horror and violence.
However, the initiative of the youths allegedly did not go down well with people in the community, who then invited the Police to arrest the chief priest of the deity and some of the youths.
The youths of the community clsim, “despite several interventions and attempt to broker peace, the ugly trend has continued and more lives are lost annually in the sustained carnage.
“We took the matter to a dreaded local deity Ndekwulu, where we briefed its 94-year-old high priest, Anazo Ilomuanya, to invoke death, damnation and all other inconceivable calamities on all who have hands in the ugly trend.
“We laid the complaint before the high priest, seeking the intervention of the gods of the land to administer justice to the perpetrators of the killings and the false witnesses in the ongoing case of the suspects arrested over the last killing in the church in Ozubulu.”
The chief priest was said to have invoked curses, damnation, public disgrace, open ridicule and eventual ignoble death on those behind the savage killings of their youths.
The chief priest’s action allegedly rattled some individuals, who allegedly mobilised the Police to arrest him and the five youth leaders.