Many Escape Death As Thugs Damage Houses, Cars In Ebonyi Community During Coronation

Date: 16-06-2024 5:54 am (1 month ago) | Author: Mister Jay Wonder
- at 16-06-2024 05:54 AM (1 month ago)

Tension erupted in Nkomoro Community, Ezza North Local Government Area of Ebonyi State in the early hours of Saturday during a coronation ceremony, resulting in extensive damage to vehicles and attacks on journalists covering the event.

Reports from the scene indicate that as many as ten vehicles were left completely damaged amidst heavy hostilities that broke out over the selection of a new traditional ruler. Houses, motorcycles, and other valuable properties were also burnt beyond recognition, although there were no reported fatalities.

Journalists, including Uchenna lnya of The Sun Newspaper and Chinelo Okoro of Radio Nigeria Unity FM, Abakaliki, were among those attacked as they attempted to leave the coronation venue. They faced stones and other dangerous weapons wielded by the assailants.

Security personnel, including policemen, soldiers, and a Magistrate attached to the state judiciary, Amaechi Nwakpa, narrowly escaped harm in the chaos. The violence stemmed from disagreements over the coronation process, exacerbated by the intrusion of hired thugs who disrupted the ceremony.

The conflict arose from objections within the community regarding a letter from the state Ministry of Local Government and Chieftaincy Matters, which mandated the coronation of Chief Jacob Nwakpa, a former Resident Electoral Commissioner of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). Despite a court order restraining the election and coronation, Chief Nwakpa was installed as the traditional ruler.

Following the coronation, enraged youths armed with weapons barricaded the Okpoku Eze Secondary School venue, vandalizing vehicles and setting off further unrest in the community, leading to the destruction of additional properties.

Efforts to obtain an official statement from the Ebonyi State Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Joshua Ukandu, were unsuccessful as calls and messages went unanswered.

The situation remains tense in Nkomoro Community as authorities work to restore order and address the aftermath of the violent outburst.

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