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LATEST: Soludo Bans Factional Awka Monarch From Parading Self

The factional king of the Awka Kingdom, Chief Austin Ndigwe, has been forbidden by Anambra State Governor Prof. Chukwuma Soludo from acting as monarch.

According to a news release issued by the state’s commissioner for information, Mr. Paul Nwosu, Obi Gibson Nwosu, is the legitimate ruler of the Awka Kingdom.

The palace of Ndigwe, who was scheduled to celebrate the community’s new yam festival, was shut by a contingent of police and military personnel early on Saturday.

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The security guards chased the visitors away and fired tear gas canisters into the throng, which caused the visitors to flee for cover and leave several of them hurt.

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Many believed that Nwosu’s release was evidence that the security personnel were following the directives of the state governor.

The release read in part: “It has come to the attention of Anambra State government that one Augustine Ndigwe, Alias Uzu Awka is parading himself as the authentic traditional ruler of Awka.

“Not only that, he is also taking steps to perform one of the major harvest seasons traditional rites known as New Yam festival, thereby threatening the peace and tranquility of the town. The state government will not tolerate this.

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“For the avoidance of doubt, the state government wishes to state emphatically that the only recognized traditional ruler is His Royal Highness, Obi Gibson Nwosu, Eze Uzu II, whose recognition by the state government has not been withdrawn, and is the only one empowered by section 15 of the traditional rulers law of Anambra State, to preside over such festival or carry out the function of a traditional ruler in Awka.

“It is a criminal offence for any other person to do so, by virtue of section 20 of the traditional rulers law of Anambra State 2007.”

According to Nwosu’s press release, the aforementioned Ndigwe is not the traditional king of the Awka Kingdom and should stop representing himself in that capacity going forward. He should also stop attempting to usurp the authority of a legitimately recognized traditional monarch.

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“Any such unlawful act in any part of the state would not be condoned by the state government, and the state would not hesitate to sanction the impostor according to the relevant laws of Anambra State.”

 

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