The incident happened in Umudioka, Awka South Local Government Area, Anambra State.
Vanguard gathered that one Kenechukwu Nebeolisa had allegedly invited the prayer warriors to the community to ward off all manner of atrocities, including land grabbing, intimidation and harassment, robbery and thug activities in the area.
In the early hours of the vigil by Nebeolisa and the prayer warriors, some armed youths believed to be behind the vices, stormed the prayer ground and beat everybody there to pulp for cursing them in the name of God.
Narrating his ordeal in the hands of the youths, Nnebolisa said,
“they said I did not take permission from them before inviting the prayer warriors that cursed them; that as those in charge of the Youths in Ezi-Awka, I must take permission from them.
“Those youths have been going about extorting money, beating up people and taking over their land, the last time they met me at Aguoye hills, the beat hell out of me, I reported the case to the Chairman and the Secretary, respectively of Ezi-Awka Youth Assembly and also to the Chairman of the Board of Trustees for necessary action.”