Anambra women protest ritual murder of septuagenarian

Commercial and economic activities were halted in Umunze, Orumba South Local Government Area, Anambra State, on Tuesday, as women in the community protested the death of a 72-year-old woman, Mrs Charity Okoli.

Mrs Charity was attacked last week at her home in Umunze, and her attackers severed parts of her body.

She was taken to Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University Teaching Hospital in Awka for treatment.

She, on the other hand, died as a result of injuries sustained during the attack.

Mrs Bridget Enekwechi, the community's women's leader, who spoke to journalists on their behalf, called for the proper intervention of security operatives in the community.

She also criticized the community's constant attacks.

"We have reviewed the activities of Abakaliki people living in Umunze and have concluded that they must leave our community," she said.

"There are a lot of them in our community. They force our girls into marriage, rape our women, and are involved in the majority of the killing you hear on Umunze. They will leave our community for peace to reign after seeing how they butchered Madam Charity."

In addition, the traditional ruler of the community, Igwe Promise Eze, told journalists that a register has been opened to collect the names of all non-indigenous people living in Umunze.

"We want to know who lives among us, what they do for a living, where they live, and get the landlords' assurance that they are of good character."

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