Charles Soludo
Charles Soludo

Austin Ndigwe: Soludo bans factional Awka monarch from parading self

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

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

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

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

The security personnel were carrying out the governor of the state’s instructions according to Nwosu’s statement.

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The statement said, in part: “The Anambra State administration has learned that one Augustine Ndigwe, alias Uzu Awka, is presenting himself as the legitimate traditional ruler of Awka.

In addition, he is preparing to hold the New Yam festival, one of the main traditional celebrations of the harvest, endangering the quiet and peace of the community. This will not be tolerated by the state administration.

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that His Royal Highness, Obi Gibson Nwosu, Eze Uzu II, whose recognition by the state government has not been withdrawn, is the only person authorized by section 15 of the Anambra State traditional rulers law to preside over such festival or carry out the function of a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

According to section 20 of the traditional rulers law of Anambra State from 2007, doing so constitutes a crime.

According to Nwosu’s press release, the aforementioned Ndigwe is not the traditional ruler of the Awka Kingdom and should stop representing himself in that capacity going forward.

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He should also stop attempting to usurp the authority of a legitimately recognised traditional ruler.

The state government “would not tolerate any such unlawful act in any part of the state, and the state would not hesitate to sanction the impostor in accordance with the applicable Anambra State laws.”

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