Murder Case Tears Ebonyi Community Apart
Mr. Nwankwuda Nwachi was murdered in April, 2017 during a leadership crisis that erupted in Igbeagu autonomous community in Izzi local government area of Ebonyi State.
The leadership tussle was about who becomes the village head.
The matter had been in court but was withdrawn because the villagers opted for out of court settlement.
But during a meeting held by indigenes of Igbeagu community, rather than the villagers to deliberate on the leadership tussle rocking the community, some of them decided to raise the murder case which did not go down well with majority.
An elder of Amuzu village in Igbeagu community, Izzi local government area of Ebonyi State, Mr. Greg Nwazu, who condemned the action of people meddling into murder case, said tension was brewing.
He explained that a majority of the people are not in support of deliberating on the case, but the election of a village head which is the remote cause of the crisis.
"The majority of Amuzu people have demanded that the main issue in the court of law for which out of court settlement was sought and approval granted, was for the village leadership tussle to be addressed.
"There is need to conduct free and fair election as stipulated in Article 18 of Igbeagu Development Union, IDU, Constitution.
(Picture: Cross section of indigenes during the meeting at Igbagu, Izzi local government area, Ebonyi state)
"When the report for the settlement of the lingering village crises was brought to the community, we felt a breath of new air because we know peace is near.
"The stakeholders instead of concentrating on the village leadership tussle which they seek to settle, delved into the burial of late Mr. Nwankwuda Nwachi as a condition for resolving the village leadership tussle.
"The majority of Amuzu villagers saw this as a calculated plan to lure them into settling murder case at home which they do not have the constitutional power to do," he stated.
Nwazu said further that all efforts by the majority members to convince the people to address the root cause of the crisis, which is the village head tussle through a free and fair election to install village head as ordered by the court, proved abortive.
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