*Hon Ned Nwoko Lauded on Star University
An Abuja based legal practitioner, Barr. Afam Osemeke has called on the Delta state Governor, Dr. Ifeanyi Arthur Okowa and the Council of Traditional Rulers to wade into power tussle rocking three communities in Delta North Senatorial District.
The kingdoms of Idumuje Ugboko, Onicha Olona and Egbudu Aka are engulfed in crisis of usurpation of throne by ambitious Princes who have refused to followed the traditional due process of selection and coronation of kings as recognised by the statues.
In a statement issued in Abuja, Barr. Osemeke called on the Ministry of Local government and Chieftaincy Affairs and the Police command in the state, to take a firmer stand “in enforcing the relevant statues guiding such claim to halt the reign of anarchy in the three kingdoms.”
He said the crisis constitute a major threat to peace in the various communities as unemployed youths are being recruited and armed by desparate usurpers to unleash terror on persons who are seen as hindrance to their vaunting ambition.
The town of Egbudu Aka, in Aniocha south has two kings, Obi Solomon Ogwugwua I and Obi Paul Nzemeke I while Prince Justin Chukwunonso Nwoko and Prince Uche Stephen Nwoko, 18 are in contest for the throne but Prince Nonso, 65, has unilaterally proclaimed himself the king on February 7, 2017, just two hours after the burial of the late king.
This move has been resisted by some elders of the town who said it is a breach of the traditional due process of selecting and crowning the king in Idumuje Ugboko.
The action by Prince Nonso Nwoko was desgned to shut out Prince Uche Stephen Nwoko, 18, whose mother is a daughter of Idumuje Ugboko which makes him more eligible than Prince Nonso Nwoko whose mother is from Ubulu Uku.
Prince Uche Stephen Nwoko was born after the coronation Obi Albert Agbogidi Nwoko III in 1981 and had the Ifia Isi Ezi (Washing of King’sHead), to symbolise his position as the heir apparent to the throne.
An attempt by Prince Nonso Nwoko to convene an Izu Ani , the General Meeting of the town on May 25 turned bloody as youths who are opposed to the planned usurpation of power challenged the plan to banish and ostracise a former federal law maker, Prince Ned Nwoko.
Two high ranking chiefs, the Iyase Chief Chris Chukwuka Ogwu and the Odogwu , Chief Sunday Edemodu, the Chairman of the Land Allocation Committee Chief Kennedy Illoh were seriously beaten in the palace. Their cars and houses were burnt in the orgy of violence that swept through Idumuje Ugboko.
One Cyprian Kamoru who operate Okada transport business in Onicha Ugbo was killed and property worth more than N25 million was destroyed.
In Onicha Olona the Obi in Council, comprising of the Obunzes, representing the six villages of the tpwn has been resisting on the concept of Okpalabuisi as the recognised due process of selection of their king.
Consequently, they have rejected the hereditary method which has produced Dumebi Nwadiajueboe as the Obi designate.
Barr Osemeke said “any traditional political office holder that has not followed the age long custom of the people should not be recognised and patronised with development of his kingdom, to stem the rascality and impunity associated with such action.”
According to him, the institution carries the identity, the heritage and cultural values of the people, but more importantly, provides the structure for governance at the grassroots level.
He warned that “any delay in nipping the crisis in the bud could result in full scale armed conflict as cult are being recruited armed and given funds to attack opponents of usurpation, as if they are acting scenes in home movies.”
He lauded former federal lawmaker, Prince Ned Nwoko for his strides to fast track development of Idumuje Ugboko with the proposed Star University in the town.