By Anayo Okoli
UMUAHIA—THE crisis rocking the leadership of Ibeku Community has deepened with the Princewill Ukaegbu faction of the Ibeku Egwu Asaa Development Association rejecting the peace settlement held last week by the Emeka Enyeazu group, saying that it was a farce. The Ukaegbu group insisted that it was the authentic elected leadership of Ibeku Egwu Asaa union and challenged the Enyeazu group to produce the certificate of incorporation and seal of the association to prove that it is recognized.
The group said that what happened last week was not a peace meeting between the two camps but a reconciliation of the Paramount ruler of Ibeku Kingdom, Eze Samuel Onuoha (Ogurube IV) and some people he sanctioned for allegedly desecrating Ibeku Land. Rising from a meeting of what they called Ibeku Stakeholders,
the group maintained that there was indeed no crisis in the leadership of the association, claiming that their leader, Ukaegbu, was the only legally elected president of the association. For the avoidance of doubt, there was no peace settlement meeting ever held in Ibekuland, rather what transpired was that those who were sanctioned and ostracized by the Ogurube-in-council for desecrating the land went to Ogurube to beg for pardon and appeasement of the gods of the land.