Court Withdraws Anambra Monarch’s Certificate Of Recognition

Court Withdraws Anambra Monarch’s Certificate Of Recognition

BY OKECHUKWU OBETA, Awka, 21/6/2022

An Anambra state High Court sitting in Awka has withdrawn the certificate of recognition issued to one Dan Obelle as the traditional ruler of Nawfia community in Njikoka local government area of the state.

Justice Peace Otti of the High Court 3, also made an order that “status quo ante” be maintained concerning the traditional stool of the Nawfia community as it was before August 2020 when the state government withdrew the town’s traditional ruler, Igwe Ferdinand Chijioke Nwankwo’s Igweship certificate.

Justice Oti who made the orders in a ruling on two separate motions on suit No. A/53/2021 brought to the Court by Igwe Ferdinand Chijioke Nwankwo against the Defendants/Respondents: Anambra state Government, Attorney general of the state,and, Anambra state Traditional Rulers Council, also, ordered that the defendants to pay the sum of N400,000 as cost in favour of the Plaintiff/Applicant, Igwe Nwankwo.

Igwe Nwankwo had in one of the motions urged the Court to set aside the certificate of recognition issued Dan Obelle as the traditional ruler of Nawfia; that nobody should be crowned Igwe, Eze, or whatsoever other name relating to the traditional stool of Nawfia; that the status quo ante be maintained as it relates to the traditional stool of Nawfia as it was before August, 2020, pending the determination of the substantive suit: A/53/2021 pending in the Court.

Nwankwo had also in one of the motions urged the Court to hold that the Defendants/ Respondents committed contempt of the Court on March 11, 2022 when they ” went on to meddle on the Igweship of Nawfia town despite the pending motions and suit: A/53/2021 in the Court.

Igwe Nwankwo was one of the traditional rulers who were first, suspended by the immediate past Governor Willie Obiano administration for accompanying the state-born multi-billionaire oil mogul, Prince Arthur Eze to visit President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

The government, however, later rescinded the suspension of some of the affected traditional rulers, but, instead withdrew the certificate of Igweship of Nwankwo, and, two others.

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Simon Ekpa

Simon Ekpa LL.M (Master of Laws) is a human rights activist, CEO, senior legal advisor at Ekpa & Co Oy, legal researcher, author, analyst, Finnish politician, Biafra agitator and a Finnish Military reserve.
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