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Suspension of Monarch: Obiano has saved Ukwulu people

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ANAMBRA State Government has been commended for the one-year suspension imposed on Chief Peter Uyanwa as monarch of Ukwulu, Dunukofia Local Government Area of Anambra State.  

  A prince of Ukwulu, Chinedu Tagbo gave the commendation yesterday in a chat with National Light.  A son of the first monarch of Ukwulu, the late Igwe  Timothy C. Tagbo who ruled the Kingdom from 1974 to 2015, Prince Chinedu reasoned that Anambra State Government’s action in suspension of Uyanwa will bring peace to the land.

  In a letter enitled “Suspension of Ukwulu monarch: Akpokuodike, Thank You” which he addressed to Governor of Anambra State, Prince Chinedu praised Dr. Willie Obiano for the bold step which will release many sons and daughters of the land from bondage.

  His words: “I write on behalf of Tagbo (Ezeukwu Royal Family) and indeed the majority of Ukwulu people to specially thank you for the right decision you have taken in suspending Chief Peter Uyanwa as Igwe Ukwulu in Dunukofia Local Government Area. This bold step you took is a soothing balm to the long-suffering people of Ukwulu who have been living in bondage as orchestrated by Chief Uyanwa.”

  Also in his letter, Tagbo said that “Our ordeal started in 2015 when this man who served as Onowu in my father’s cabinet started parading himself as the traditional ruler of Ukwulu without observing the customary rites of passage for Igwe ( Dr.) T. C Tagbo who reigned from 1974 to his transition in 2015. We took Chief Uyanwa to court praying that Igwe T. C. Tagbo remains the Igwe until the last ofala is performed in Ukwulu as culture requires. In his defence, he deposed to an affidavit and exhibited a false invitation card purporting same to be invitation card of the last ofala of Igwe T. C. Tagbo.

The last ofala has not been held till date. Consequently, a petition was written to the police who after investigation charged him to court along with nine others for criminal conspiracy, perjury, fabrication of evidence and conduct likely to breach peace in the community. It is on record that his other co-accused have not appeared in court till death, even after eight court sittings in the Federal High Court, Abuja.

His collusion with some compromised law enforcement agents that led to the inability to arraign him emboldened him to threaten my life as nominal complainant and the other prosecution witnesses mostly from Ukwulu in Charge No: FHC/ABJ/CR/255/2019 – FRN V. HRH Igwe Peter Uyanwa & 9 Ors.) .I have not set foot in Ukwulu since 2018 because of the treats of Chief Uyanwa who told me he banished me from coming to my community unless I withdraw the matter in court.” 

  Speaking during the interview with National Light, Tagbo lauded Gov. Willie Obiano, describing Uyanwa’s suspension as not only timely but also a soothing bold step by the governor to restore sanity to Ukwulu town, which has been in flux since Uyanwa imposed himself on the people.

  According to Tagbo, Ukwulu is a community noted for peace, stability and development until Uyanwa hid under Igwe Tagbo’s death to rig the system and usurp the throne through back-door tactics.

  “Ukwulu has always been a peaceful and prosperous community especially since Igwe Timothy Chuka Tagbo was crowned, coronated and issued certificate of recognition as monarch of the town in 1977. He was on the throne until 2015 and still remains because his final funeral rites have not been performed. There was no communal dispute in our place for the 41 years which my late father served Anambra State as traditional ruler. But this legacy has been destroyed by Uyanwa who not only instigates unrests but indulges in numerous acts that deprave or violate the customs of Ukwulu Kingdom,” he said.  

  Throwing light on the rave of antics of Uyanwa and how he cornered the throne, Tagbo disclosed that there was no iota of truth to the claim by the suspended monarch that the last ofalla festival of the late Igwe Tagbo has been celebrated which is a taboo to the people’s culture.

  “Not long after my father died, on January 25, 2016, there was a general meeting of Ukwulu elders and leaders. Former Vice-Chancellor of Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University (COOU), Prof Fidelis Okafor, Popular Music Maestro, Morocco Maduka, Chief G. C. Nweke, myself among others attended the meeting.  

The meeting was convened by Peter Uyanwa in his capacity as Onowu of Ukwulu with the active participation of President-General, Walter Okafor and Secretary-General of Ukwulu Town Union. At the meeting, my father’s burial was slated for March, 2016. But three months after, I heard that Uyanwa is being crowned as new king. What happened was that he brought some people to his place under the lie that government officials were coming to launch an empowerment scheme for Ukwulu farmers,” Tagbo recollected.

  He explained that what happened was that late Igwe Tagbo was only interred as a devout Catholic but no traditional funeral rites, not to talk of customary last ofala festival, were held in his honour.

  Speaking further, Tagbo said that efforts to point out this anomaly to Uyanwa fell on deaf ears as he resorted to peddling falsehoods which he wanted to prove by bringing up fake invitation card which was purportedly printed during the last ofalla festival that nobody held in Ukwulu for late Igwe Tagbo.

  According to him, Uyanwa strived to bribe him but he resisted it before his complaint at police against Uyanwa for procuring fake invitation card made police to charge him and nine others to Ukpo magistrate court in Charge No: MCU/74C/18. But Uyanwa was not arraigned on the day he was supposed to appear in court.

  Tagbo went down memory lane to recall efforts made by Ukwulu people to bring Uyanwa to justice but he used his connection in high places to thwart all of them. He also stated that aggrieved youths in the community wanted to react but he sued for caution, preferring a legal solution to self-help.

  He disclosed that since  the reign of terror in Ukwulu under Uyanwa, he has not set foot on the community because apart from banishing him, Uyanwa has threatened him with death.

  He therefore called on President Muhammadu Buhari to take the matter up by ensuring that Federal Ministry of Justice  prosecutes Uyanwa before he causes total breakdown of law and order in Ukwulu community.

  It will be recalled that following a series of petitions against Chief Peter Uyanwa from Ukwulu people and others, Anambra State Government suspended Uyanwa as Igwe of Ukwulu to forestall an impending crisis in the

community.

  Uyanwa’s suspension will last for one year in the first instance with effect from Friday, July 20.

  A release signed by Anambra state Commissioner for Information and Public Enlightenment, Mr. C. Don Adinuba stated that Uyanwa’s Certificate of Recognition as Igwe is also withdrawn with immediate effect.

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  1. Chinedu

    August 3, 2020 at 7:32 am

    Very good narration but the entire report isn’t included. People deserve to to the whole truth about Uyanwa

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