By; PAMELA EBOH, Awka
Scores of indigenes of Ifitedunu in Dunukofia Local Government Area of Anambra State on Friday stormed the Agu-Awka seat of power to protest alleged extortion by the town’s President- General, Uche Oragwuncha.
The protesters, in a letter to the state governor, Chief Willie Obiano claimed that the PG has been collecting COVID-19 levy of N5,000 on all taxable adults in the community in the name of government taskforce.
They also accused the Oragwuncha of imposing burial levy of N1,000 on every bereaved family in the community.
The letter which was presented to Governor Willie Obiano by their leader, Engr Uchechukwu Ogoemeka partly read, “Our PG had also mismanaged state government Covid-19 palliatives to the community.
“He has also created rancour and division among the peace-loving people of Ifitedunu by unnecessarily pitching them against one another.”
“We request the state governor to call the PG to order to avoid a breakdown of law and order in the area.”
Receivibg the protesters, the state Commissioner for Local Government, Chieftaincy and Community Affairs, Mr Greg Obi, represented by Henry Nwasike, urged them to maintain peace, assuring that the state government will look into their demands.
It was however gathered that the community had been embroiled in bitter personality clash over who leads the community for some time now.
When contacted, the President General said he didn’t have anything to say about the matter.
Some of the placards carried by the protesters read, “We support the Obiano led administration, “We are dying of illegal levues in Ifitedunu town, “Akpokuodike, thanks for your good works, among others.
They further declared total support for the state government effort in the fight against the dreaded pandemic, as well as improved security in the state.