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  • Updated: June 15, 2024

Many escape death as thugs damage houses, cars in Ebonyi over kinship tussle

Many escape death as thugs damage houses, cars in Ebonyi ove

Ten vehicles were damaged during a coronation in Nkomoro Community, Ezza North Local Government Area, Ebonyi State in the early hours of Saturday.

This followed intense fighting over a kingship tussle in the community. 

Many individuals escaped death, but houses, motorbikes, and other important items were also destroyed beyond recognition.

Among those attacked were journalists who had been invited to cover the coronation.

Uchenna lnya, The Sun Newspaper's Ebonyi State Correspondent, Chinelo Okoro of Radio Nigeria Unity FM in Abakaliki, and others were among those attacked.

They were attacked with stones and other hazardous weapons as they left the coronation ceremony.

Police officers, soldiers, a magistrate from the state judiciary, Amaechi Nwakpa, and many more escaped being slain.

The members of the Nkomoro town have been at odds over the appointment of a traditional ruler for the area. However, hired thugs disrupted the election and coronation of a new traditional king for the town.

Some community members had opposed to a letter from the state Ministry of Local Government and Chieftaincy Matters ordering the coronation of Chief Jacob Nwakpa, a former Resident Electoral Commissioner of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

The Imoha Development Centre's Coordinator, Chika Igboke, read the letter.

A court injunction was reportedly in place to prevent the election and coronation of the community's traditional king.

Despite many protests that the practice should not be undertaken, Chief Jacob Nwakpa was coronated as the monarch.

Following the coronation, teenagers armed with firearms blocked the access and exit points to the exercise's location, Okpoku Eze Secondary School, and began vandalising vehicles.

Allnews.ng gathered that the enraged youths proceeded into the neighbourhood and burned down some buildings.

According to reports, when approached for an inquiry, Ebonyi State Police Public Relations Officer DSP Joshua Ukandu did not answer calls or react to text messages.

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