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Residents of Obeagu in Awgu local government area of Enugu state have raised their voices against what they perceive as relentless harassment and unjust treatment by the local police force.

Led by community leaders, they’ve petitioned Governor Peter Mbah and the Inspector General of Police, highlighting the persistent persecution and unlawful arrests orchestrated by the DPO of Awgu Division Police, Benjamin Egu, and Inspector Obieze Augustin.


The protesters, armed with placards bearing messages such as “Stop Police Brutality” and “DPO Awgu, End the Harassment,” gathered to express their grievances, demanding intervention from higher authorities.

They accused the police of taking sides in a land dispute and resorting to intimidation tactics against innocent citizens.

Ogbuefi Callistus Ojogbu, the President General of the community, condemned the actions of the police, emphasizing their duty to protect citizens rather than terrorize them. He called for a thorough investigation into the conduct of the officers involved and urged the government to ensure justice prevails.

The community leaders stressed their commitment to peaceful advocacy but made it clear they would not tolerate injustice.

Secretary Igwe in council, Ogbuefi Nnanyelugo Dennis, reiterated their status as law-abiding citizens deserving of fair treatment.

The plight of women in the community was also highlighted, with Mrs. Janet Aniokete recounting incidents of harassment during police raids, including the alleged sexual harassment of a widow.

The fear instilled by these raids has led to a disruption of daily life, with residents afraid to go about their normal activities for fear of arbitrary arrest.

Chinedu Chukwuemeka echoed the community’s plea for urgent intervention, pointing out the detrimental impact on livelihoods as residents now resort to sleeping in the bush and avoiding farming and other economic activities.

In addition to seeking justice for past injustices, the protesters demanded the immediate release of three individuals detained by the DPO.

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