By Ikeugonna Eleke
The President General of Ifitedunu Community in Dunukofia Local Government Area, Chief Uchenna Nwoye Oragwuncha, who was assaulted by thugs allegedly sent by a chief in the community, has been flown overseas for medical attention.
Orangwuncha had been Shut at the community market square where he had gone to supervise projects he was building for the community.
Speaking from his hospital bed in Malaga, Spain, Oragwuncha said: ‘Since that 22nd of July this year, after Vincent Udobi’s led thugs attacked and beat me up like a common criminal at Nkwo Market, I have not been myself.
‘I don’t breathe very well anymore and from the result of the X-rays carried out on me, the beating affected my spinal cord.
‘I narrowly escaped death on 22nd July this year at Nkwo Ifitedunu where I was executing some community projects; when suddenly one Vincent Udobi, popularly called Ike Dunukofia, and his fierce looking thugs, swooped on me, panel-beating me and my executives so mercilessly.
‘The pains from the terror unleashed on me still palpitate. My spinal cord was affected and it is costing me millions of money to get treated abroad.’
Before going abroad, Oragwuncha had alleged that Udobi and his men had banned him from the community, insisting that he was an illegitimate President General of the community.
Udobi who had earlier spoken with Fides, insisted that his group did not beat up Oragwuncha, adding that what was seen in a viral tape of the manhandling of Oragwuncha was merely a fight between his men and Oragwuncha’s.
Meanwhile, the Anambra State Government has insisted that Oragwuncha remains the President General of the community because he was validly elected by the community to lead.
The Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Matters, Hon Tony-Collins Nwabunwanne, who spoke to Fides in his office over the viral tape of the manhandling of the community leader, insisted that Oragwuncha was the only recognized President General of the community.