Crisis brews in Nteje
• Community accuses DPO of intimidation
By Okey Maduforo, Correspondent, Awka
Nteje community in Oyi Local Government Area of Anambra State is on the brink of a bloody intra-communal war following the operations of two parallel vigilante groups allegedly sponsored by the town union on one side and the Divisional Police officer, CSP Anajunsi.
Recently, the vigilante group alleged to have been jointly sponsored by a wealthy Nteje son and the DPO Anajusi allegedly attacked the community vigilante group and set the government donated vigilante motorcycle ablaze.
If not for the timely intervention of Igwe Roland Odegbo, the monarch of Nteje community, the youths in the area would have set the police station ablaze, sacking officers and men in the area.
Already, the other vigilante group allegedly opposed to the community has been underground as the youths in the area have commenced man hunt for then for a likely reprisal attack
When Daily Independent visited the Oyi police station, the DPO was said to be on official assignment and no officer was ready to speak with this reporter.
Also in a petition to the Anambra State police commissioner, Bala Nassarawa, the President General of Nteje Development Union, Dave E. Enua, alleged that “it is sad to note that almost all the DPOs that have been transferred out of Oyi Division starting from the CSP Anajunsi and CSP Anene had continued to influence each new DPO and hoodlums carrying illegal riffles in Nteje to destabilize the smooth administration of Nteje Town by myself and the government certified vigilante men probably because they have been on a permanent pay roll of the richest man in Nteje.
“That every new DPO in Nteje instead of recognizing the government certified President General of Nteje Town and working with the legitimate town union vigilante men chooses to work with the said rich man and his illegal army who represent him in Nteje, to destabilize Nteje Town.
“That the worst would have happened on the 18th day of January, 2013 when Paul Nneli led the illegal riffles carriers in Nteje to attack the men of Nteje vigilante service and in the process burnt the Town Union motor bike bought with the money the state government gave to the town in December, 2012 to ashes after beating the vigilante men to stupor and due to his monetary influence made Police in Oyi Division to turn the legitimate men from complaint to suspect and the new DPO is prepared to charge the supposed complaints to court as suspects.