Following the recent arrest and parading of 16 suspected criminals by the Anambra State Police Command, including one Chukwuemeka Obijiofor, for allegedly killing his wife and child, the Ozubulu community has debunked the claim that the said Obijofor hails from the community.
Speaking to newwavereporters yesterday on the incident, the President General of Ozubulu Development Union(ODU), Hon(Ambassador) Peter Ifeanyi Uzokwe, said that there was no iota of truth that the murder suspect is from Ozubulu.
He disclosed that the suspect(Obijiofor)hails from Osumenyi community, but resides at Ozubulu and pries his trade as an artisan.
Uzokwe added that due to the proximity of Ozubulu to Nnewi, an urban and commercial city, there was an influx of various people to Ozubulu ,a more peaceful and cheaper place to live in. He added that there was the tendency of spillover in terms of crimes in the community given its nearness to more urbanized places.
He added: “It is an unjustifiable misconception and misleading for anyone to identify the murder suspect as an Ozubulu man; he is not. When I heard the news, I swiftly made contacts and petitioned the Anambra State Police Command and other relevant bodies to correct the erroneous claim of the suspect’s real identity, in terms of where he hails from.
To equally check this issue of possible wrong identity, and anonymity in our community, we last year began an enumeration and data capture exercise , including photographic identification of all resident but non Ozubulu indigenes. This project is aimed at identifying everybody living in Ozubulu with a view to checking criminal acts in the community.”
He further said that the ODU has equally initiated what is known as Umunna(kindred ) -based enumeration exercise for Ozubulu indigenes irrespective of where they reside. It is a data based programme whereby when one slots the card, it is like an ATM card, all information about the person appears immediately.
The ODU President disclosed that it was now an offence, punishable by N5000 fine, for any landlord in Ozubulu to rent his house to tenants he does not know their identities or vouch for their character. He explained that there were also several security measures being put in place in the community to reduce crime and ensure peaceful co-existence.
It would be recalled that no fewer than 16 suspected were arrested in the state for various crimes including, murder, rape, armed robbery, child trafficking, among others
One of the suspects, Chukwuemeka Obijiofor, aged 28, allegedly killed his wife and only child with a shovel on January 26, 2021, while one Mrs Uju Uba, aged 42, was arrested for child trafficking and operating a baby factory syndicate in Oba, Idemili South Local Government Area.
Mr Linus Ajaba from Abagana, aged 62 years was alleged to have defiled a nine year old girl, Chinecherem Odurukpe from Ihiala,
While parading the suspects, the State Commissioner of Police, AIG John Abang who was represented by the state’s Police Public Relations Officer, Mr Haruna Mohammed, reassured that the force will maintain its zero tolerance for crimes and sustain the Anambra’s enviable status of being the safest state in Nigeria. Mr Abang also encouraged people to be security conscious at all times and to report any strange observation or suspicious movements to the security agencies for prompt response.
Items recovered from the them include one berretta pistol, one locally made pistol and one shovel.