By Eche Nwaobasi, Nnewi
Nsugbe Community in Anambra East Local Government Area of Anambra State, weekend, allegedly ostracized ex-Senator Obi Alphonsus Igbeke, aka ‘Ubanese’. Igbeke is a native of the community.
The community allegedly gave the embattled senator an option of N5m to be re-admitted to their fold.
The Nsugbe-Igwe-in-Council claimed that the senator arbitrarily arrested youths of the community in the year 2000 using the Nigeria Police, and that the affected youths had not been seen since then.
Our correspondent reports that shortly after the verdict, the Umuada of the town (first female born of Nsugbe) led by one Hon Mrs Eucharia Chinyere Attah, who said she was standing in for Mrs Mgboyibo Nwakasi, who is the leader of the women, protested against the senator.
They carried placards with inscription, “Ubanese free Charles Obodoechina”, “justice for our eight missing children”, “Ubanese let the poor Nadis live”, among others.
They matched throughout the villages of the community shouting, “Ex-Senator Ubanese, you have committed enough abominable actions against the people of the town. We don’t need you again in Nsugbe.”
Hon Obi Onyedika Dibua, a former chief security officer of the community; Hon Chukwunonso Onwuzuruko, Nsugbe Youths president, and Nwabunwanne Christian, a kinsman of Ubanese, appealed to the government and well-meaning individuals in the community to come to their aid and rescue them from actions of the ex-senator.
The former senator, in a reaction, described the allegations as ’tissues of lies fabricated by few disgruntled elements in the town who are envious of his achievements’.
He added that there was no time he arrested any innocent youth and dumped them in police cell, or forcefully snatched people’s lands as being alleged.