By Vincent Ujumadu
Awka— AN Onitsha-based businessman, Mr. Thaddeus Ejianu, has dragged the traditional ruler of Akokwa in Imo State and members of his kindred to an Orlu High Court for allegedly ostracizing him from his Umezelaku village over family feud.
Ejianu’s ordeal allgedly started on December 26, 2015 during a meeting of his kindred at Umuezelaku Hall where his extended family members took a decision to restrict him in the community.
It was alleged that Ejianu, as the chairman of a cooperative society for the Umuezelaku Family project in 1995, suggested to his people that it would benefit them to buy lock-up shops at the Ogbaru Main Market within Onitsha metropolis, adding that though N37,000 was given to him, he neither procured the shops, nor refunded the money. He, however, denied the allegations.
An Onitsha-based human rights lawyer, Mr. Jezie Ekejiuba, who filed the suit on behalf of Ejianu, prayed the court presided over by Justice Oni Ogbunihie to grant his client enforcement of his fundamental right to freedom from discrimination as enshrined in the 1999 Constitution of Nigeria.
The case was adjourned till March 27, 2017 for further hearing.