The Ositadinma Development Union (ODU), an association formed by members of Enugwu Nanka community, in Orumba North Local Council of Anambra State, has appealed to the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Usman Alkali, to speed up investigation on alleged fraudulent activities of a parallel association, Enugwu Nanka village Development Union (ENDU), which has been threatening lives of people in the town.
They also called on the Secretary General of the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) to delist the ODU as registered by the parallel union and protect their name against fraudulent and criminal activities committed by the rival group.
Narrating their ordeal to newsmen in Onitsha, yesterday, the Chairman, ODU, Chief Emmanuel Ezeobi, alleged that a moneybag based in Enugu, who is sponsoring the parallel union had aspired to control the affairs of the town by hook or crook.
Ezeobi noted that since members of his executive were sworn in August 2021, by the community, the rival union has continued to harass, intimidate and brutalise them, using security operatives, just as they have done to past elected officers for years.
He said: “These men have unleashed the police on us. I was falsely accused of murder and other crimes bordering on stealing and conversion of association’s funds, and was unlawfully detained for seven days. My life is not safe, especially at this period of insecurity everywhere.
“Over 20 unidentified security operatives invaded our family house two times around 5.00am, shooting sporadically without any search warrant or notice. They vandalised people’s properties and took away my wife to an unknown destination. My relatives later went to secure her release after some days.
“Last month, we discovered that these men have fraudulently registered ODU.
“We call on the IG to investigate the activities of this money bag and his gang, expedite action on their investigations and bring whoever is found guilty in our community should be made to face the law.”
He, however, warned that any delay might lead to breakdown of law and order, since it may not be easy to control the youths, who are angry over developments in the community.