Angry youths of Ogbunike community, Oyi Local Government Area of Anambra State, have reportedly gone on a rampant following the death of a resident identified as Mr. Ndubisi Oye, who was allegedly killed by Local vigilante in the area days to his wedding this Sunday..
His killing has sparked a spate of destruction, as friends of the deceased have destroyed properties worth worth millions, belonging to the leader of the vigilante group.
The home of vigilante commander in Ogbunike, Oyi local government area of Anambra state was reportedly set ablaze by irate youths following the alleged murder.
Three cars belonging to the suspected killer were also said to have been set on fire by the angry youths said to be from the same state with the deceased.
According to reports gathered by DAILYPOST, the vigilante leader, Levi Elobis, popularly known as ‘commander’ from Umueri, Ogbunike allegedly killed Oye at St. Monica’s Road, Ogbunike on the Onitsha old road on Monday evening.
The fiancée to the deceased, Miss Olumma Agbugba, an indigene of Imo state, who narrated their ordeal in tears, said the incident happened around 9.30 pm on Sunday.
“My fiance had alighted to refill the gasoline of his commercial bus and was about driving off when a Sport Utility Hilux vehicle double-crossed our bus and a man came down from the vehicle, ordering both of us to come down from the bus.
“When I alighted and sighted that the man had a gun, I tried to make a call, but the man quickly stopped me, threatening to kill me if I raise my phone again to make calls.
“The man ordered my fiancé to come down from the steering and shut him at close range, and immediately drove off, leaving him in his pool of blood.” she added.
She said she quickly raised alarm which attracted passersby who stopped to assist her move the body of the fiance to Iyienu hospital, but added that he died on the way to hospital.
“Some of the Ebonyi people living in Ogbunike, on hearing what happened, went on rampage in the early hours of Monday and set the house of the commander and his three cars ablaze.”
The deceased, 27 years old, was learnt, hailed from Ezza, Ebonyi State, while the fiancee is from Imo state.
A Special Assistant to Governor Willie Obiano on Youth Mobilisation, Mr Junior Onwutaka confirmed the incident to Daily Post Correspondent.
He said he saw some men on rampage and tried unsuccessfully to stop them as the mob overpowered him.
“the mob invaded the commander’s house and set it ablaze.”
When contacted, the Anambra State Police Commissioner, Mr Garba Umar confirmed the incident, saying the police had intervened and the suspect had been arrested.
“He has since been taken into the police custody. We ordered for his arrest and that of those who burnt his belongings.”