By Ovat Abeng
Protesters from Enugu-Agidi Community in Njikoka Local Government Area of Anambra State mostly, elderly men and women has protested alleged assault on Police Operatives serving in the state.
The protesters openly accused one Ozo Jeff Nweke, of using a security outfit known as Blue Shield to harass, intimidate and maim any police officer who cross his path.
They also accused him of land grabbing and raping.
It was gathered that the protest is coming barely two days after indigenes from Ezina-ano (4 quarters), Umuoukpu (1 quarter), Ezi-Awka (7 quarters), Amikwo (5 quarters) and Agulu-Awka (7 quarters) that constitute the state capital, staged a peaceful protest to demand the immediate removal of DC Akin Fakorode, in charge of the State Criminal Investigation Department (State-CID) and Inspector Monday Umana, who is also working in the department.
The people accused the two officers of aiding cultist killing and other crime related activities in Awka, the state capital and its environ.
Reacting further, the spokesperson for Enugu-Agidi protesters, Chief Peter Omekunsi, who addressed Journalists shortly after the protest held at the State Police Command’s Headquarters Amawbia, on Friday, alleged that the Awka protest were sponsored by Ozo Nweke to distract the police to enable him continue with his evil activities via the Blue Shield Security outfit.
He said that the women seen on that day protesting naked were Abakaliki prostitutes that based in Awka and not original Anambra women, specifically, from Awka extraction.
“As I speak to you, Ozo Nweke, has forcefully collected so many people’s land across neighboring communities of Enugu-Agidi and Nibo respectively.
“We are from Ifite, Achalla, Igbolo and Imoloieli villages all in Enugu-Agidi Community.
“We want the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mr. Kayode Egbetokun, the State Police Commissioner, CP Adeoye Aderemi to urgently intervene in the matter and get Ozo Nweke arrested for peace to reign in Anambra State.
The protesters were seen carrying placards with various inscription such as; Ozo Jeff Nweke stop hooting police officers, Anambra police will not fear you and your criminal gangs, police is to protect citizens, Awka is peaceful stop creating insecurity, Anambra police will not aide crime, stop land grabbing, Ozo Jeff Nweke stop killing police officers over Enugu-Agidi land, Ozo Nweke go and answer your charges in Court, among others.
AC Operation, Mr. Anietie Eyoh, who addressed the protesters on behalf of the Commissioner, CP Adeoye Aderemi, assure the people that the Command is instigating the allegation.
He urged them to allow police to do their job on the matter and not to take law into their hands.
When journalists reached Nweke on phone for reactions to the allegations against him, he pleaded to be given time to to call back.
He said: “I’m away in Abuja, and right now I’m inside someone’s office, so it won’t be fair to be answering call here. Just give me time and I will call back.
“When the reporters opted to call him back in an hour’s time he said: “Don’t bother yourself calling, I will call you once I’m out of here.”
Over six hours letter, Nweke was yet to call back.