The traditional ruler in Dunukofia Local Government Area of Anambra State has been accused by members of the community of allegedly killing a man identified as Phillip Dilibe from Umugama Village, Ukwulu.
This is contained in a petition to the police boss by the solicitor to the deceased, Obinna Modebelu.
The petitioners called on the Inspector General of Police, Usman Baba Akali, to investigate and prosecute the perpetrators, bring justice to the deceased, and prevent breakdown of peace.
According to the petition written by the law firm, Obinna Eloka Modebelu And Associates, and made available to journalists in Awka on Monday, the late Dilibe was said to be on his way home in the company with his friends when they were accosted by men on two motor bikes who forced them into the bush along Ukpo/Ukwulu road and attacked them with heavy sticks and cutlasses.
Part of the petition captioned ‘Murder, threatening violence, occasioning conspiracy and conduct likely to cause breach of peace’ read, “Late Dilibe died after he was stabbed with screwdriver on his face while the other three persons sustained serious injuries.”
The petitioners said the late Dilibe became a target after he objected to the way the traditional ruler of the town was meddling and trespassing on portions of community land.
The traditional ruler was alleged to have committed the crime on May 4, 2022.
“The deceased was dumped in the bush off the express road and the other three persons were driven off to an uncompleted building where ransom was collected before they were left to go,” the petition stated.
It added, “We are using this opportunity to plead with the IGP Usman Baba Akali to use his good offices to immediately intercede in this case so that justice will prevail for the deceased who died unjustly by bringing the murderers to book, while also ensuring that your good offices and integrity will not be rubbished in the mud by name droppers.”