Violence is currently brewing in riverine Ogwuanocha community, Ogbaru local government area of Anambra state following disagreement between the natives on the sharing formulae for the sum of N20million given them by an oil prospecting company.
Aggrieved members of one of the towns, Umunzorabia who stormed Government House, Awka yesterday carrying placards accused Governor Willie Obiano’s Special Assistant, SA ( Political Matters), Mr. Arinze Awogu of stoking the fire of the violence.
One of the elders of the aggrieved natives, Mr. Boniface Uzoaru, stated that an oil firm which is drilling crude oil in their area, Sterling Global Oil Company gave the sum of N20million to the people of his area in order to construct an access road through their area to where their oil field was located, but,alleged that Awogu who incidentally hails from one of the neighboring communities with sinister motives co- opted about three other neighboring villages including: Umunkekpu, Umunkwekeocha and Okichi as co- beneficiaries of the oil largesse.
Inscription on some of the placards read: “Arinze Awogu, A known SA without office has destroyed our family peace”, “Governor Obiano, ask Azinze Awogu to leave us alone”, ” Arize Awogu is a traitor sponsoring ammunition into our family for war, Anambra state govt. take note”, ” Umunzorabia family in Ogwuanocha, OGbaru LGA is under treat of Arinze Awogu who claims to be SA to Gov. Obiano on political Matters”, etc.
In his reaction, Awogu debunked the allegations against him and rather described the protest as politically motivated.
He stated that he only mid- wifed peace meeting between the natives of the various villages where the oil well was domiciled stating that during the period he held about 45 meetings with stakeholders of the various villages which culminated in an amicable resolution of the contentious issues.
Awogu played a video clip of the final meeting of the various villages involved in the oil windfall controversy stating that at the meeting everyone of them commended his mediation role.