*By David Uka, Abakaliki*
Barely seven days after cult activities claimed the lives of two persons, Paul Ogeh and Ansalem Omah, in Ohakwu LGA of Ebonyi State another person has been hacked to death
One Maduabuchi Obazi, 25 has been brutally murdered by persons suspected to be members of a secret cult at Umuogodoakpu village in Ohaukwu local government area of Ebonyi State.
Police report had it that Maduabuchi had altercation with persons suspected to be members of a rival cult group over telecommunication facilities, and was trailed and killed while he was going to see his wife where she was frying garri.
ASP Loveth Odah, Ebonyi Police Command Spokesperson, who confirmed the incident said that two persons have been arrested in connection with the killing.
“On the 12th June, 2018 by 12 O clock, one Simon Akpu of Umuogodoakpu Ngbo came to the station and reported that on the 11th at about 11pm that the deceased one Maduabuchi Obasi of the same address 25years old was hacked down with a sharp weapon on his way to see his wife where he was frying garri.
“The scene of crime was visited by a team of police from Ohaukwu Police Divisional Headquarters. Two suspects were arrested which include one Chinedu Ogba, 25 and one Chukwudi Ali, 26.All of them of same address.
“The corpse of the decease has been deposited in the mortuary at the Ngbo for autopsy. The investigation is being led by the Ngbo police and the case will soon be transferred to the court.
“ What caused the clash was connected to telecom facilities and as a result they trailed him to where his wife was frying garri and was hacked down.
Meanwhile, Chairman of Ohaukwu local govt area, Barr Clement Odah in a security meeting held with stakeholders from the area had called on traditional ruler to commence community vigilante.
Odah made the call during a security meeting held at Central School Ngbo in Ohaukwu local government area.
“The reason why we are here is that our collective security has been threatened. The reason why we are here is because we want to take our destiny in our hands. The reason why we are here is because we have all decided to say no to bad elements.
“Before Tuesday last week, which was the 6th day of June, 2018, we had enjoyed peace for almost one year. The year 2017 in my assessment was a peaceful year because we won in the war against all forms of social vices”, he said.
Barrister Odah reiterated that he had beat his hand to his chest on several fora proclaimed that the war against both internal and external insecurity had been won.
“But as we speak, we have lost three persons. It is not a joking matter. On Tuesday 5th of June around 11 O’Clock, I was called on phone that somebody was shot at Ezzangbo and that the person did not survive it.
“While the tears was on my eyes, the following day, one Paul Ogeh was killed who is also a members of my support group. I now said that something was wrong somewhere. This crisis is not natural, some people instigated it.
“So we kept the peace for over seven days . And why we were focusing on this side, yesterday we got another had news. That another person was killed at Umuogodoakpu. That one is the most worrisome. There are many theories. Some people said it is connected to phone , some said it is something concerning garri. And before you know it somebody was macheted to death.