Okezueonu Chijioke Nnanna, from Otulo-uba-awaocha, in Oru West, Imo state, the groom who’s friend and brothers on the Sunday, July 17, 2022, accompanied to Awo-Omamma, Umu-ubochi, isieke, in Oru East Local Government Area of Imo state, has narrated his ordeal at what happened at the venue of his traditional marriage introduction.
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He said that his in-laws offered them food and drinks after they have finished their marriage rites, as customs demands. After eating some of his brothers went home, but they met their untimely death at the hands of the Ebebeagu security outfit. Chijioke explained that his brothers have not gone far (like 3 poles) away from the wedding venue, and they started hearing serious gunshots, so they all scattered and looked for safety.
He narrated that the serious gunshot lasted for hours, from Sunday evening till mid-night, and didn’t know that his own brothers were victims until the next morning, being Monday, July 18, 2022. He went in search of his brothers (who survived) in nearby places, crying and thinking the he was shut and he ran with the bullet but died in one of th nearby bushes.
He said it was on the process of looking for his brothers that he met an eyewitness (a lady) who told him that the Ebubeagu people took one of their victims alive. So, he started dialing his phone but whomever that was at the other end of the phone would busy the call.
He continued by narrating that one of his younger brothers who was caught by a stray bullet, ran back to his in-law’s house, so the Ebubeagu man traced his younger brother back to the home of his in-laws through the blood stains that was leaking from his body. According to Chijioke, Ebubeagu men caught up with his brother who was hiding at the back of a GP tank, pointed a shutgun at his chest and shot him at close range.
The Ebubeagu men took away every gift items he bought for his in-law, took away the personal properties of the man, his car which he came back with, from Abuja, another car that belonged to one of his friends that came from Onitsha, Anambra state to support him, motorcycles belonging to his brothers and other guests that came because of him, all the food items, drinks, etc that were at the place, ransacked the whole place, and burnt down his in-law’s house.
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By his count, Chijioke revealed that 14 of his guests, were 14 in number, all boys. Then out of the 14 victims, 7 of them (including his immediate brothers and cousins) are dead, while 2 are in hospital.
Speaking on his marriage, he said that his wife is now scared of coming back, that his wife has already ended the marriage before it bagan. According to Chijioke, he explained that his wife said she can’t be comfortable with the knowledge of her presence, being a constant reminder to those families that lost their loved ones. He said she’s afraid and will no longer feel welcomed in their midst as their wife.
Chijioke also maintained that the name of his siblings must be cleared, that the government tagged them as IPOB?ESN members, but that is not true. He said that several of the boys were just recently settled from various places they’re learning different vocations and handwork, adding that they’re all innocent and Ebubeagu men just wasted their lives.
In an interview he has with Punch News, he cried and asked for public justice for his brothers and all the guests who came to support him on his traditional marriage day. He seriously blamed himself for those deaths and said that it’ll be better for him to have lost his own life on that day while his younger brothers stayed alive.
NB: The video interview was done in his native language, (IGBO), and LatestNGnews.com correspondent, translated and published it in English… Watch the video below