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Women from Nkerehi community Anambra protest over alleged threat to their life



Scores of women from Nkerehi community in Orumba South Local Government of Anambra State yesterday protested alleged threat to their lives and those of their families.


The protesters, who stormed the Government House in black attires, carried placards. They accused the traditional ruler of the town, Igwe Kenneth Maduka and Dr. Godwin Maduka of being responsible for their woes.



Speaking on behalf of the protesters, Dr Maureen Igwike narrated how they lived in fear in their own town, saying their only crime was their refusal to agree with the decision to change the community’s name.


She appealed to the government to save them from their oppressors.



A government representative and Special Adviser (Legal), Vera Okonkwo, hailed the protesters for their peaceful conduct, assuring them of quick intervention.


“I was moved when I saw women crying. They wore black clothes. Governor Willie Obiano is a man of peace, he doesn’t allow intimidation. I assure you that he will hear everything and take action,” she said.



The traditional ruler of Umuchukwu, Igwe Maduka, said the allegations were fuelled by envy and jealousy by some members of the community bent on ensuring the area remained in darkness.


“The issue at hand is not just about the change of name, but an age-long hatred for Godwin Maduka, through who the community has seen the light.”



“What you saw in Awka was just one of the antics of these people who do not wish our community to progress.


“But despite the wrongdoings against me and my brother, we are willing to embrace them as brothers in the best interest of the community. We call on the government to look critically into the matter to unravel the truth.”





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