18th May, 2011
Obosi Community in the Idemili Local Government Area of Anambra, has been thrown into pandemonium, following the killing of an 86-year-old man, simply identified as Ogbueshi Nnamdi on May 15.
A witness told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that trouble started when the President-General of the town, Chief Chukwurah Ifekandu, was to inaugurate a new leadership for the Adike Youth Foundation.
The witness account had it that as the inauguration was being performed, a group of yet- to-be identified youths sauntered into the town hall, venue of the ceremony, and began to shoot sporadically.
In the ensuing melee, the octogenarian was hit by the gunmenâ€™s bullets and died instantly while more than 15 persons sustained various degrees of injuries.
However, many other people who were in the hall to witness the inauguration were said to have escaped unhurt.
Another witness narrated that angered by the development, those who were being inaugurated to take over from the former leaders of the youth organisation, resorted to arson.
No fewer than two houses, three cars and seven motor-cycles were set ablaze during the crisis in the community.
The former chairman of the youth foundation could not be reached for comments, as calls to his mobile phone were not answered.
The situation, has however, been brought under control, as the area has been taken over by a detachment of anti-riot policemen and army personnel.
When contacted, the Anambra State Police Public Relations Officer, Mr. Emeka Chukwuemeka, confirmed the incident, saying that the matter was still being investigated and that the police command would issue a statement on the crisis later.