Tension in Okpoko as AVG Undermines court, sacks PG

Tension is brewing in Okpoko, Ogbaru Local Government Area, Anambra
state, over alleged removal of the incumbent President General, PG, of
Okpoko community, Hon. Edwin Emesinwa, by the Anambra state Vigilante
Group, AVG, and substituted by one Chief Francis Enemuo even as the
leadership case between Emesinwa and Chief Francis Enemuo is pending
at an Appeal court sitting in Enugu.

Briefing newsmen in Okpoko on his alleged removal and subsequent
replacement Weekend, Emesinwa said, “Francis Enemuo, leader of a rival
faction, myself and others were invited by the Special Senior Adviser,
(SSA) to Governor Willie Obiano on Security Matters, Mr Ikechukwu
Aduba, who is also the Chairman of Vigilante Committee, Anambra
Vigilante Group, AVG, to his office in Awka”

“We were interviewed and they demanded papers from us. I supplied them
and after discussion Aduba said in our presence that since there is a
sitting judgment from Onitsha High court that said, Emesinwa should
complete his tenure and conduct an election, that particular judgment
has not been vacated”.

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“Even if they use force and remove Emesinwa from the office, he shall
still go back to court and regain his mandate”

“He advised them to first go and vacate the judgment or go and make
peacr with Emesinwa”

“Then on return to Okpoko few days after that, we were invited by
Aduba’s Administrative Officer, Osegbo, at the office of the Okpoko
Police Divisional Police Officer, DPO, Mr Ugochukwu Ugbo, that I
should come with one person, Enemuo with one person and Chief
Muofunanya, purported to be the traditional ruler of the community.

What he, Osegbo, told us was reverse of what Aduba said.  Osegbo told
us that whether we are in court or not that Government of Anambra
state said it recognized Enemuo as President General, and that he is
now handing Enemuo over to the DPO as the PG of Okpoko who he DPO will
work with”

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“He just said it orally like that without any documents to back up his
claim or order. Then I asked him, I think I supplied you people with
all relevant papers indicating that I am the incumbent PG.

I told him that Enemuo had even gone to Ogbaru magistrate court where
he made an application that I was wrongly made PG and court refused to
grant his prayers saying that since the case is before an Appeal
court, it has no powers to entertain the matter”

“Just two weeks ego Enemuo went to Ogbaru court again despite our case
still pending at the Appeal court, so I am surprise that Osegbo said
in the presence of the DPO that he is handing over Enemuo to the DPO
as the PG of Okpoko community and DPO concord, may be because I am
from Imo state”

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“The covid 19 bags of rice brought for distribution by the state
Government were handed over to Enemuo to share when I am the incumbent
PG and has not been removed by court or through election process”

Contacted, Aduba’s Administrative Officer, Osegbo, told newsmen that
Hon. Emesinwa was  impersonating Okpoko PG.

His words, “he is facing a case of impersonation as PG in court and
until that case is disposed off, Enemuo will remain as the PG”

“For details I am inviting you to AVG office in Awka, the facts are
there, we have documented evidence to prove our stand, Osegbo stated.

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