It was a sympathetic protest as some women stormed the Government House, Awka, crying for government intervention in their community.
The women who came from Nkerehi community in Orumba South local government area, were all on black with tears flowing like a river on the cheek.
They carried placards with various inscriptions such as, “Kenneth Mmaduka stop Killing our men and women”, “Gov Obiano please come to our rescue”, ” Dr Mmaduka stop hitting our children to achieve your evil plans” and many more.
They raised alarm alleging threat to life and that of their family by certain members of the Umuchukwu community in Orumba South local government area of Anambra state.
They alleged the threats were being masterminded by a certain billionaire, Dr Godwin Mmaduka, through his militia group, warning that the group should be held responsible if anything happened to them.
Speaking on behalf of the women, Mrs Maureen Egwike said “Since 2007 till now, Godwin Mmaduka has been on our neck.
“January this year, I was in my house, he sent Kenneth Mmaduka, Kingsley Mmaduka and some thugs.
“They came to my house, looking for my husband at the wee hours of 7th of January. But they didn’t see my husband. They brought me out and beat me to stupor. Kenneth wanted to rape me but to God be the glory I was in my mensural circle, he didn’t succeed. I have the pictures.
“He was saying he will kill me and kill my husband and my children and nothing will happen. It’s just because Godwin wants to change the name of our community from Nkerehi to Umuchukwu and we objected.
“Godwin is killing us. That is why we are here for the government to listen to our cry before we die.
“Initially we thought it was men’s affairs, but now it has become women’s affairs. We are no longer safe.
“Our child was kidnapped by Kenneth Mmaduka and his group and alleged that the boy was trying to put charm in his house. We are no longer safe. They have been molesting our women.
The community is turning into Boko Haram town.
“We are here to plead with the Gov to hear us out.
Responding, a representative of government who is also the Special Adviser Legal, Barr Vera Okonkwo assured them that Gov Willie Obiano would come to their aid.
Barr Okonkwo in her words, “I was moved when I see women crying, wearing black.
“Gov Obiano does not allow intimidation. We have freedom of association and movement.
“Gov Obiano’s a man of peace. I assure you that Gov will hear everything and implement action.
“The act is against fundamental human rights.. Okonkwo noted.