What Nsugbe Community Said of Igbeke Over Ritual Killing Allegation
The people of Nsugbe Community in Anambra East local government area of Anambra State, have risen in defense of their son, Senator Alphonsus Obi -Igbeke in the alleged missing persons in the area, warning they will not take it lightly with anyone who links him to it.
In a social media video that went viral recently, the Senator, was alleged to be the brain behind the missing persons in 2002 in the community
But the people of the area during their meeting Monday, said they would likely go ‘spiritual’ to unravel those behind such action against their illustrious son and take any action they deemed fit
According to 78 year old Sir Augustine Mgbataogu, who was the Acting President General of the community then, it was a ploy to tarnish the image of our son
He said, “I was called upon when this thing happened. They brought the children at the village square led by one Obi Gika Anaekwe unfortunately he is late now. I wish he is still alive to testify to what I am saying.
“So, the Gika Anaekwe led Nsugbe people to these children. Unanimously Nsugbe said that they would have no hand in it; that they should hand them over to the police.
“These children were handed over to the police. This happened about 20 years ago. The police were there. These children are grown ups, not kids.
“Their parents existed. It should be their duty to have asked after their children not mine. Did I ask them to go about stealing; shooting people?”
For Ifeanyi Tabugbo, the spokesperson for Ifite Quarter, Nsugbe, those people were terrors in the community
“I was coming from Onitsha to Nsugbe. We were four in the bus. Police had a checkpoint on a section of that road. So, when we were approaching, the people on that road were flashing their torchlight.
“I told the driver to slow down; that they were policemen. So, when we got where they were, somebody came out from a Melina tree and pointed it at us to my surprise.
“He fired gunshots and we zoomed off. While we were running, I noticed that blood was dripping from my backside. I had been shot. The driver said that bullet hit him on the leg.
“I went to the police station in our community and reported the matter. I was later taken to the hospital.
“This happened around 8pm. From there, I was taken to a hospital in Onitsha were I was given treatment for three months until I returned to Lagos. Anyone trying to link our son to the missing persons in Nsugbe is mischievous ” he said
When contacted on phone, Senator Obi -Igbeke, said those behind such action were perceived political enemies
“They think I’m interested in any political office. Their aim is just to tarnish the image that took me many years to build. They think of another thing ”
“I’ve served this country as a member of House of Representatives. I’ve also, served as Senator representing Anambra North and many others including Nigeria Ambassador, Extra -Ordinary and Pleny Potentiary”
When contacted, the State Police Public Relations Officer, Ikenga Tochukwu, said he was not aware of the matter