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Deportation of monarch’s wife tears Delta community apart

By Austin Ogwuda

Asaba—THE deportation of the wife of Obi of Igbodo community in Ika North-East Local Government Area of Delta State, recently, has divided the community, just as feelers from the state government circle indicate that the warring factions might be summoned to Government House, Asaba, for the issue to be resolved.

While some of the villagers stormed the palace last Friday to sack the wife of the Obi on account of the woman not being an indigene of the community, some other villagers are backing the embattled Obi, Obi Ikechukwu Osedume I, who had insisted that his Ebonyi-born heartthrob remained his choice wife.

Those in the camp of the Obi, under the umbrella of Concerned Igbodo Citizens, in a statement, yesterday, by their Chairman, Mr. Victor Christopher, said there was nothing wrong with the Obi insisting on marrying an Abakaliki woman, from Ebonyi State.

The group tackled the Iyase of Igbodo (the Prime Minister), Dr. Joseph Unomah, who was in the forefront of the deportation. The Iyase had queried: “Why should he (Obi) marry a non-indigene? The last straw that broke the camel’s back was that he brought the said lady to the palace. So, the community rose, marched to the palace and demanded her evacuation.”

The Concerned Igbodo Citizens insisted that “he (Obi) is a listening father and one of the youngest Obis in Africa, whose love for his people has no limit.”


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