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Tension in Anambra community over selection of ruler

By Lucky Nwanekwuru

Tension is building up in Azia community, Anambra state, following claims by a section of the indigenes that a former Anambra State Independent Electoral Commission, ANSIEC, boss was made their traditional ruler.

Governor Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra State (2nd right); outgoing state Commissioner of Police, AIG Usman Gwary; Special Adviser on Security, Mr Chikaodi Anambra and DCP Adeoye Finihan during the presentation of three refurbished Armoured Personnel Carriers to Anambra State Police Command at Governor’s Lodge, Amawbia, Anambra State.
File Photo: Governor Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra State (2nd right); outgoing state Commissioner of Police, AIG Usman Gwary; Special Adviser on Security, Mr Chikaodi Anambra and DCP Adeoye Finihan during the presentation of three refurbished Armoured Personnel Carriers to Anambra State Police Command at Governor’s Lodge, Amawbia, Anambra State.

It was learned that already, security agencies are on alert following reports that the announcement has caused anger and tension within the community and may lead to a breakdown of law and order.

A prominent indigene of the community who simply identified himself as Ejiofor told Saturday Vanguard that the recent announcement of ANSIEC boss was misleading and a calculated attempt to not only misinform members of the public but to cause a breach of peace.

According to him, this is because, it was one Chief Felix Ifeanyi Muo that was unanimously elected by Umudiokpala Village, Azia to succeed the departed Igwe of the Community in line with the Azia Chieftaincy Constitution of 1976.

“However, the succession to the vacant throne of the Traditional ruler’s stool of the Azia Community has been a subject of civil litigations and both suits are pending before Ihiala High Court in Anambra State.

The Government of Anambra State has also issued a statement ordering for a stay of action in the matters relating to the election and installation of the traditional ruler of the Community.

“Therefore, any purported installation, recognition or installation of any group of persons as high Chiefs amounts to contempt of court as the matter is Uspendis,” he stated.


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