Tuesday, 22 November 2016

Impersonation: Anambra Community Disowns ‘Monarch’

By Okechukwu Onuegbu 

The people of Awka-Etiti in Idemili South Local Government Area of Anambra State have disowned one of their illustrious sons, Chuma Angus Ojukwu for laying claim to their traditional stool.

The embattled Ojukwu was quoted to have installed himself as a monarch, faulting the emergency of Igwe Michael Ezeudenna as the Obi of Awka-Etiti, and also, accused the Anambra state government of instigating crisis by issuing certificate of recognition to Obi Ezeudenna.

But Awka-Etiti in response, refuted some media reports credited to the same Ojukwu, who had claimed to be their monarch on the ground that the town’s traditional institution is dynastically in nature.

Speaking to Orient Daily, the Secretary, Igwe –In –Council of Awka Etiti, Ebele Enemuo, claimed that the embattled Ojukwu is unfit to become their traditional ruler, because according to him, he was son of their former Igwe Joachin Okwudili Ojukwu, from Nkolofia village which is constitutionally unfit to rule them for now.

Enemuo added that, “Awka Etiti has seven(7) villages and they are in the order of seniority: Nkolofia, Umunocha, Ejinandu, Iruowele, Umudunu, Nnaba and Ogunzele. Our traditional rulership rotates among the seven villages in order of seniority as enshrined in the 1999 resolution, and subsequently instilled in the 2004 constitution of Awka-Etiti. So, Ojukwu’s son is unfit to answer our Obi/Igwe because his village cannot produce it for now.

“Therefore, our monarch is Igwe Michael Ezeudenna having defeated his opponents in the election, and fulfilled all other requirements including presentation of Igwe-elect to the town’s union, seven villages in Awka-etiti, Local Government Council and state government before his installation by the good people of Awka Etiti community and the subsequent reception of Certificate of Recognition given to him by the Anambra State government on November 2nd and 3rd, 2016 respectively. We are therefore calling on the relevant law enforcement agencies to catch up with any impostor since the evidences of his impersonation abound and nobody is above the law.

“Chief Silas Ezenwa from Iruowele village was our first elected Igwe and was installed and coroneted in 1957, which triggered disturbances that was later resolved through the 1999 resolution of Awka Etiti, signed on 25th April, 1999. The Igwe died on October 11th, 2003 and his final Offala was celebrated in 2005 coupled with one year mourning according to the tradition of the Awka Etiti.

“After that, we implemented the 1999 resolution, which stated among other things that ‘the traditional stool of Awka etiti shall rotate among the seven villages in Awka-etiti in order of seniority’. To that effect, Nkolofia village, the most senior among the seven villages presented Chief Joachin Okwudili Ojukwu, the father of this impostor as the Igwe and Obi of Awka Etiti, and he was coroneted on 26th of April 2008.

“After the death of Igwe Ojukwu in 2013 and all rites and traditional of the community concerned late Igwe was completed, it was the turn of Umunocha to produce the next Igwe, they went normal processes and Engr. Michael Ezeudenna emerged Igwe-elect,” he concluded.

Also speaking, Ikechukwu Igwe of Iruowele and Robert Ekwelum of Nnaba, who are chairmen of their respective villages, alleged that Chuma Ojukwu was deceived by some unscrupulous cabals in the community into believing that he is a crown prince because of his ignorance of their constitution.

They further dismissed as fallacy the claims by the so-called impersonating king that he met with governor of Anambra State, Chief Willie Obiano as the Igwe-elect of Awka-Etiti, even as they queried why then did the governor gave certificate of recognition to Igwe Ezeudenna instead of Chuma as claimed.

All attempts to hear the embattled monarch were fruitless as he was not found when our reporter visited, and calls put across her were never answered.



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