Odozi Obodo Society: Powerful Security Group That Turned Deadly Against Community In South Eastern Nigeria

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In mid 90’s, there was a security group formed in Abakaliki area of South Eastern part of Nigeria to reduce high criminal operations in the community, which existed between 1954 and 1958.

The security group which was then known as Odozi Obodo Society was headed by a high priest, Nwiboko Obodo who was popularly known as “Afunanya ekwe” in Abakaliki community.

Nwiboko Obodo leaved his local community to Abakaliki where he formed a security group to curtail most criminal activities terrorising the entire Abakaliki community. 

Obodo’s idea of creating the security operations was approved and supported by the elder men of Abakaliki villagers.

It brought so much hope to the entire villagers and this made many of the Abakaliki indigens love Obodo to a higher extent for his relentless effort to save the community against series of criminalities.

After some period of their operation in the community as security group, the group started making a huge amount of money from their work and they began to showcase their wealth to attract more members to join their group, which will give them more energy to act appropriately in a strong will.

In a short period after gathering More members with enough wealth, the group became oppressive and deadly.

Nwiboko Obodo assumed full Control of the community. He started collecting bills from every elders of the community and if anyone refused to reciprocate to pay his bills, his farmland would be seize until he pay.

As time goes on, the group automatically turned as most the dangerous cult group. They now started oppressing and killing most of the community members in secret.

In 1958, Obodo was arrested for murdering his wife after police investigation was released, after his wife disappearance.

The cult group members who was caught along with Nwiboko Obodo were all sent for trial and 59 of them were all found guilty and they were sentenced to death.

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