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Land crisis: Umunya indigenes storm govt house, back embattled monarch

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By Gabriel Chy Alonta

The protracted dispute between ruler, of in Oyi LGA of Anambra state, Igwe Chris Chinedum Onyekwuluje, and his subjects is generating fresh controversies in the community.

Orient Daily reports that the community is currently divided, with one section on the side of ruler.

This paper recalls that some indigenes of Odumodu Enu and Ani, comprising eight villages in , under the aegis of ‘Odumodu Ebenabo Improvement Union’, last Monday, protested in front of , Awka, to register their displeasure over what they described as illegal activities of their before the state governor.

The protesters accused their of incessant brutality, destruction of property, indiscriminate, unauthorised and illegal sale of Odumodu , among other allegations.

However, some members of the community belonging to ’s camp, last Friday, took to street to protest the allegation levelled against Igwe Onyekwuluje, and to reassure their support to the royal father.

The protesters, numbering hundreds decried the impending danger to the community as a result of the actions of some select members of the community.

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Speaking during the protest at , Awka, the Secretary General of Odumodu Umunya, Okwudili Ekene Okonkwo, regretted that the community was being intimidated by crop of unscrupulous persons, noting that they are being given sleepless nights. He appealed that the state government should urgently intervene on the matter to avert any possible danger.

He alleged that the persons, Ekene Okonkwo, Chukwudozie Udemezue, Emmanuel Uzie, Charles Nwafor-Agu, Obed Nweke and Sunday Esedo, who were harassing the community, refused to embrace dialogue.

On his part, one of the members of Igwe’s cabinet, Chief Wilson Ikwuka, wondered how some persons would cook up stories against their own king, remarking that Igwe Onyekwuluje only intervened in the situation so that it will not linger. He alleged that the perpetrators, who, according to him, were bent on tarnishing the image of and the community, might have rallied support from other places to cause war in the village.

Paul Uzochukwu Nwabibo, the financial secretary, Odumedu Enu and Ani, commended the state governor for the developmental stride in the community, remarking that all the allegations against the traditional ruler were false and unfair.

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The state governor, Willie Obiano, through the Special Adviser on Security, Safety and Emergency, Chikodi Anarah, reassured that the situation would be urgently addressed, remarking that peaceful co-existence of a people remains paramount. He warned Anambrarians to always be obedient to traditional institutions, who, according to him, is the chief security officer in the community.

Meanwhile, Igwe Onyekwuluje have since denied the allegations, describing it as untrue and deliberate attempt to malign and tarnish his public image.

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