Members of disbanded OSPAC (local vigilance) group in Obelle town in Emohua Local Government Area has allegedly set ablaze the house of Chief Israel Anele, a former acting Chairman of Community Development Committee (CDC) in the community and ex-Divisional Police Officer (DPO).
Anele in a Telephone interview with our reporter stated that the disbanded OSPAC members were led by one ‘Naked Wire’ who was recently accused by the Emohua LGA Chairman, Chidi Lylod of being responsible for some of the killings in Ibaa and Obelle town.
Anele said the arsonists who came at about 4pm threw his 70 year old aunt out of the building, removed all the burglary proof in his house before pouring petrol and setting his 7 bedroom flat ablaze.
The ex-Divisional Police Officer (DPO) said his only offence was that he spoke against the killing of his younger Nephew, Darlington Worahu, a serving soldier who was killed allegedly by OSPAC officials on the 5th of March, 2022 at Obelle community and ensured the transfer of the case from Rumuji Divisional Police headquarters to State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department (SCIID).
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He said he has been receiving threats from members of the disbanded OSPAC due to his resolve to follow up the matter.
Israel Anele also disclosed that he fled the state after the members of the disbanded OSPAC trailed him to his house in Port Harcourt.
The retired Police Officer revealed that he has also called the DPO of Rumuji Police Division on phone but he was asked to come down to the station to make a formal report.
Recall that Obelle town has witnessed some killings in recent weeks.
Last Thursday, there was report of killing of two persons in Obelle town by gunmen suspected to be cultists.
The spokesperson for the Rivers State Police command DSP Grace Iringe Koko told our reporter that the Commissioner of Police, CP Eboka Friday had deployed patrol vans to the community last month when two young men were killed in a farm road in Obelle.