…The traditional stool of Awka Kingdom has been a source of tussle
BY: IFEANYI Okonkwo
It was scene full of tension, fear and panic as Anambra police sealed off the palace of the factional monarch of Awka community, His Imperial Majesty, Eze Uzu III, Chief Austin Ndigwe.
Coincidentally, both Chief Austin Ndigwe and
Igwe Gibson Nwosu had slated today Saturday 10th September 2022 for their new yam festival. It was gathered that Nwosu is the government recognised monarch, and holds a certificate of recognition, which Ndigwe does not.
Chief Ndigwe had sent out invitation to too politicians, monarch, journalists and other special guest from across the country to witness the new yam festival, but the event as at the time of filing this report was stalled.
Sources said some monarchs from across South East were already at the palace at about 11am, when a huge detachment of police and military men arrived and sealed the palace, almost shutting in the invited monarchs.
The source said: “The police men and military chased everyone out of the palace, shooting canisters of teargas at youths who had attended the event.
“There was pandemonium when they started shooting, and a lot of people ran away, while many youths sustained injuries.”
A policeman who stopped this reporter from accessing the venue said they were acting on orders from above.
When pressmen reached out to the spokesperson of Anambra State Police command, DSP Toochukwu Ikenga, he said he was not aware of any order to seal off the palace of the factional monarch.
The Chief Press Secretary to Governor Chukwuma Soludo, Chris Aburime said he is not also aware of any order in that regard.
The traditional stool of Awka Kingdom has been a source of tussle for a few years now, after some influential members of the community claimed to have dethroned the monarch, Eze Uzu II, Igwe Gibson Nwosu.
In his place, they crowned, Ndigwe, who immediately assumed the position of the monarch of the kingdom, causing the entire kingdom to be divided. While some members of the community supported Ndigwe as their monarch, others supported Nwosu.