Abia community storms Assembly, protests alleged intimidation

Protesters from Nkata Ibeku in the Umuahia North Local Government Area of Abia State on Monday marched to the House of Assembly to protest alleged intimidation, harassment and dictatorship by an unnamed powerful community leader.

The protesters, who came with placards bearing different inscriptions, begged the Assembly to intervene in their plight and save them from the alleged dictatorial activities of the unnamed Nkata Ibeku community leader.

Led by Mrs Ifeyinwa Ezuruike and another community member, Sunday Ogbonna, they lamented that they had been under dictatorship and harassment for many years, adding that they had earlier visited the Zone 9 Police Command, Umuahia, to report.

According to them, some of their indigenes were arrested in the past using security agencies on the orders of the said community leader.

They called for the immediate release of Mr. Silas Uchendu from detention and demanded a free and fair election in the community’s leadership contest.

“We demand that Nkata Community election should not be held in someone’s house. We demand for peaceful coexistence among our people. We need freedom in our community,” Ezuruike said.

In his address to the Nkata protesters, the Speaker of Abia House of Assembly, Hon Emmanuel Emeruwa, assured that the Assembly would liaise with other relevant government agencies in the State to end the alleged constant intimidation and harassment of community members.

Emeruwa, represented by the Deputy Speaker, Austin Okezie Nmeregini, said the matter would be investigated to protect the lives and property of the people as well as foster lasting peace in the Nkata Ibeku community.

He commended them for the peaceful steps they took in registering their complaint.