By Chidimma Okoye
Ogidi (Idemili North LGA), March 30, 2021 (MOI) For more than one week now, there has been restriction in movement in Ogidi town from 9pm to 5am daily.
President-General of Ogidi Union Nigeria, Chief Jideofor Onubogu explained in an interview was aimed at curbing the rate of crimes being committed daily at about 8pm and beyond in the town.
He said that for the past 19 years, Ogidi has not had a democratically elected youth leadership until Dec. 19, 2020 which brought about a lot of changes in the system of governance in the running community.
The PG said the youth wing was supposed to be under the main body of Ogidi Union but out of misconception and quest for independence had some excesses like physical assault of some persons.
He said that up to 70 per cent of youths in the community were members of one cult group or another in the name of “belonging’’ and ganging up for protection.
“Ogidi has been peaceful for a very long time until this youthful exuberance started.
“There is insecurity in the community and tension everywhere; this has led to the introduction of curfew.
“The community is experiencing cult clashes that have been disrupting peace among residents.
“Two days ago three young men were shot at Nkwelle village, Ogidi and are presently in critical condition in nearby hospitals.
“Since 2015 that I assumed office, I have never used security men to surround myself but I now do because of the situation at hand,’’ the PG said.
He said that the traditional ruler of Ogidi, Igwe Alex Onyido and the police had been doing their best at the moment to calm down the situation.
The PG said that some youths had been useful in certain areas like ensuring environmental sanitation, re-opening of closed gutters and clearing of waterways to ensure free flow of rain water without using unlawful force.
“But taking over the security of the entire community is out of their jurisdiction; this is in line with relevant laws in the state.
“Life is sacred! Youths, you must stop killing yourselves because it is not a solution to any problem.
“Ogidi is a civilised society and as such there should be a level of sanity in the community.
“If you feel that the PG or that any other office holder is not doing well in any area, sit down and address it through legal and Constitutional means and not through instigating instability. “Elders and the elite, let us come together and bury our differences to make our community better again,’’ he said. (MOI)