Ugwuanyi moves to curb rising cases of rape, murder in Enugu communities as Enugu women protest

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Enugu----For the up teen time, the people of Igbo Igbo-Eze North local government of Enugu State,have demonstrated the rising cases of rape and killing of innocent men and women by various gangs of rapists and murderers. Over 700 women from Ugbaike, Enugu Ezike, in the area protested the killing and raping of their daughters and kinsmen at the local government headquarters, Ogrute. The protesters led by the Parish Priest of the area, Rev Father Ani said that several persons had routinely been raped and killed at Ugbaike, without the authorities investigating the incidents. At the Divisional Police Station, Enugu Ezike, the women who were all dressed in black attire lamented the inability of the police and the local government authorities to respond to their distress calls over tale and murder cases in the community. Mrs Grace Abugu, who was among the demonstrators said that her daughter was raped by one Mr Chima Abugu, but lamented that the matter was not investigated despite the reports made to the police and the traditional authorities. The Community Development Officer for Igbo-Eze North, Mr Ojadi, thanked the protesters who were all in black attires with fresh palm fronds tied on their foreheads over the peaceful manner they showed their anger against frequent cases of rape and murder of their people and promised to inform the appropriate authorities of the development. Earlier, the Catholic community in Imufu, Enugu Ezike, Igbo-Eze North local government had also protested the killing of one Miss Charity Ngozi Eze by gangsters after rapping her on March 26, 2019. The Catholics led by the Parish priest of St Joseph's Catholic church, Imufu, Rev Fr. Rufus Achinike, CSSp, and his assistant, Rev Father Johnson Nwanonenenyi, led a Rosary Procession to mark the seven days prayer for God to grant Miss Eze's soul eternal rest as well as expose her killers. This was even as protesters from Isiugwu Community in the area also protested over the killings of four of their neighbours. In Umuida, where the local government Chairman, Uwakwe Ezeja, hails from, members of the community had also protested the rapping of the daughters and wards by a private hospital owner who reportedly drugged his victims before raping them. They said that a member of the Central Neighbourhood Watch from the area, who was a known HIV/ AIDS carrier raped a young girl without the authorities investigating the heinous crime. Furthermore, at Aji Community, over 17 persons were said to have been killed or raped to death without anybody raising eyebrows. The demonstrators then asked both the police and Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi to intervene on their behalf to ensure that the perpetrators were brought to justice. Following the development, Governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, swung into action and directed the local government Chairman, Mr Ezeja to convene a stakeholders meeting on the security situation in Igbo-Eze North council to recommend measures that could curb the killings and rapping of girls and women in the area. Ugwuanyi, who condemned the heinous acts during the "security/ stakeholders meeting" with the local government chairman, Mr Ezeja,, security chiefs and traditional rulers among others at the local government headquarters, Ogrute, said that rape and taking of innocent lives are alien to the culture of the state, which over the years had enjoyed an enviable status as one of the safest states in the country.. He spoke through his Special Assistant on Political Matters, Evangelist Chinedu Anichi, pointing out that the security meeting would take place in all the 17 local governments in the state on monthly basis. According to Ugwuanyi, the laudable performance of the present state government was anchored on adequate security of lives and property in the state. Earlier, Ezeja had told reporters that the expanded security council meeting became imperative in order to address some of the security challenges rearing their ugly heads in the council, stressing that the council would ensure that criminal activities within the 35 communities in the area were curtailed and appropriate sanctions meted out to anyone found culpable of causing mayhem in the localities. “We want to address some of these security challenges we are having now in the local government, even though what we are witnessing cannot be compared to what we are seeing in other local governments across the country. We are trying to ensure that we would not have full blown security issues. “We want to advise traditional rulers to work extra miles to ensure that criminal activities within their communities are curtailed. We also want to address the issue of cultism that is rampant in so many places now and we have taken reports from the 35 communities that make up the local government. We have three or four troubled communities and some of them are living in the border of our neighbouring states,” he said.

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