Alleged impersonation: Delta community elders warn Nzemeke

By Owen Akenzua, Asaba 

The Elders of Egbudu-Akah Community in Aniocha South local government area of Delta have cautioned one Augustine Nzemeke Paul against alleged impersonation to the throne of he traditional ruler.

Our correspondent reports that the community had been engulfed in the struggle for leadership in the last few months, a situation that allegedly led to the dead of three persons, while sleeping.

Speaking to journalists, the chiefs and elders in council said Egbudu Akah community had a substantive traditional ruler, His Royal Majesty, Solomon Ogwuaugu who was installed on October 20th, 2016.

The chiefs, including the Isama Akue, Chief Patrick Wepuaka, the ojiame, Chief Anthony Egbune, Okwufurueze and Palace Secretary, Chief Felix Chiadika, Pa Maculay Okonkwo, the Aghara of Diokpa Izukwe (the kingmaker), the Ogene, Chief Stephen Oshiegbu and Chief Monday, said his installation followed the death of his father who died as the king of the community.

They explained that Ogwuaugu’s installation was performed by Aghara of Diokpa Izukwe, Pa Maculay Okonkwo and Chief Stephen Oshiegbu, the Ogene of Egbudu-Akah in accordance with the tradition and custom of the community.

Stressing that the ascension to the thrones of Egbudu-Akah is hereditary, the chiefs added that the incumbent Obi, who is the first male child of late Obi, was crowned by kingmakers to succeed his father.

According to them, “death of the former Obi did not create any vacuum of ascension and the need for anybody, including Augustine Paul Nzemeke to parade himself as the Obi of Egbudu-Akah.

“The former king had a son who is the first male child and as the custom demands, he was installed as Obi to succeed his father in compliance with our tradition of succession to the throne.

“We warn Nzemeke to desist from parading himself as the Obi of the kingdom in order not to attract the wrath of the gods of the land,” the chiefs told journalists.

However, Nzemeke described the warning as cheap blackmail and attempt to cause trouble in the community.

While alleging that the late Obi was the Obi incognito, he added that he would not relent in the pursuit of his right position as the Obi of Egbudu-Akah Kingdom.

Meanwhile, a new Onotu- Uku (traditional Prime minister) was at the weekend installed in Umutu community, Ukwuani local government area of the State in line with the tradition of the people.

The new Onotu-Uku, is Ojo Obianukor, the father of Alphonsus Ojo, who is member representing Ukwuani constituency at the state House of Assembly.

The installation ceremony was performed by the Okpala Uku, the traditional ruler of the kingdom.

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