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Anambra to end Igwe tussle in Owelle

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By Nneka Anoliefo

ANAMBRA State Government has promised to intervene in the Igweship tussle rocking Owelle Ancient Kingdom in Anambra West LGA, with a view to the finding a lasting solution.

  Secretary to Anambra State Government, Solo Chukwulelu, stated this while addressing people of  the community who  carried out protest  at the Government House, Awka, demanding the reinstatement of their traditional ruler, Igwe Sir Anthony Onyekwere.

  The protesters  carried placards with inscriptions such as “We demand for immediate withdrawal of certificate of recognition issued to Col Raymond Omoja in error”, “We want reinstatement of Igwe Sir Anthony Onyekwere, Owelle is going backwards”, Children are  no longer going to School, In Owelle town”, Igweship tenure is for lifetime”,  Igwe Anthony is still alive and Igweship in Owelle is not political but by Appointment”.

  Prof Chukwulobelu expressed satisfaction with the manner the protesters conducted themselves and assured them that state government will bring back lasting peace and stability in Owelle Ancient Kingdom.

  He advised them to submit necessary documents to the state government and as well, submit to Ministry of Local Government Chieftaincy and Community Affairs, pointing out that due process should be followed in attracting government’s intervention.

  Prof Chukwulobelu hinted that the present administration of Governor Chukwuma Soludo is committed to ensuring that absolute peace and stability return to all communities in Anambra State.

  Responding, the former president-general of the town, Mr Peter Udeorah, expressed displeasure that since Igwe Onyekwere was destaffed, the community has been thrown into anarchy, schools closed down, children in the community living in abject poverty  and no development, hence the need to re-instate Igwe Anthony Onyekwere as the authentic traditional ruler of the town.

  The president-general made it clear that Igwe Anthony is the community’s choice, noting also that the Igweship title was bestowed on him using the original culture and tradition of Owelle Ancient Kingdom.

  He hinted that Igwe Anthony is still alive and has not committed any crime to deserve him to be dethroned.

  In their separate speeches, Chief Joseph Nnakwe, Chief Anthony Unubi, Mr Peter Ibechi and Iyom Joy Innoruka, appealed to state government to re-instate him for peace and progress of the town.

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