Protest in Anambra as clergy, and others divert COVID-19 palliatives

Ekwulobia community  protest over diversion of COVID-19 by a clergy and others
Tochi Juliet

A protest ensued at Ekwulobia community in Aguata council area of Anambra State on Wednesday morning over diverted COVID-19 palliatives by the General Overseer of Kings Embassy Church, Reverend Dr Emeka Ezike and two others.

The two others were said to be a traditional chief; Sir Ignatius Ezike (Ochudo) and a titleholder in the community; Mr John Ilo Okafor.

The members of the community on Wednesday trooped out in protest, towards the homes of Ezike and Okafor to register their grievances for meddling in their affairs.

The Placards by the protesters described Ezike and his colleagues as enemies of the village, urging them to ensure the bags of rice from Obiano’s first and second palliatives for the town were returned within one month to the village hall for distribution, or they face the wrath of the villagers.

Chairman Agba village Development Union (ADU), Mr Bethran Uchechukwu Okoli, who spoke during the protest said:

“We will place palm fronds in front of their three houses, worship places, or offices as a way to register our grievances and mandate them to within one month return the bags of rice and other benefits the village have from Anambra State government as we have not selected any of them as our leaders.

They must stop meddling in the affairs of our village. We appeal to the three to see reasons to rescind their stand on continual meddlesomeness in the affairs of the village as it is not worthy of their standing in the society as such acts appear belittling.”

Ezike, one of those accused who spoke to Daily Post denied diverting food materials meant for the community by the government.

The clergy said “They are trying to damage my reputation. I will ensure I deal decisively with the Chairman of Agba village and others for bringing my reputation to the mud.

I wonder why I should be accused of confiscating their rice when I am not the Village factional chairman, Igwe, or President General, or even an Ichie. I am worried about these allegations.”

However, he accepted to have received some bags of rice from the government but said it is not for the Ekwulobia community.

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