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Some unidentfied hoodlums posing as cultists have launched an unprecedented assault on the traditional ruler of Ebenebe, Awka North Local Government Area of Anambra State, Igwe Christopher Nnaegbune and some of his subjects, while they vandalised some properties which has been estimated to be worth about N25 million.
This occurrence is coming barely five months after a suspected cult group attacked and killed about twenty persons at a burial ceremony in the same community.
The incident had reportedly occured between 10pm to 12 midnight last week Monday, June 27, but no life was lost.
“Hoodlums numbering about 100 invaded the palace of the traditional ruler of Ebenebe, Igwe Christopher Nnaegbune around midnight on Monday. The Igwe had gone to sleep. They came prepared for war; some were beating Ogene (metal gongs), while others shot sporadically on air.
“When no one could open the gate for them, they forced it open, using their clubs and other dangerous weapons. However, they met no one outside the premises. After making noise, they left,” the source stated.
The Eastern Updates also gathered that the hoodlums same night, first visited the compound of the late Chief Okoye family at Obuno village, Ebenebe in search of a youth leader, Mr Chukwujekwu Okoye, during which they vandalised Almaco doors, windows, chairs, generating set and other properties in the two buildings in the compound.
Although there was no information to show why the attack was launched on both people, a source, who claimed to be awake when the incident occured, said he overheard the hoodlums saying they came to kill a member of the family, Mr Chukwujekwu Okoye.
According to the source, Chukwujekwu, who is the Chairman of Obuno Village Youth, always used security men to chase away hoodlums from the community, and the monarch was also against their nefarious activities.