… Orders Ekpunobi, Ochonma TO Stop Parading Selves As Monarchs
…Regent Takes Charge of Throne Pending Court’s Decision
In a bid to ensure mutual understanding, as well as peace in Enugwu Okabia Autonomous community in Orsu Local Government, the leaders of the community, have resorted to section 62 (1) of Elugwu Okabia Autonomous Community which states amongst others, that at the demise of Traditional Ruler, the Regent of the community shall oversee the Traditional Activities in the community pending the election of a new Traditional Ruler.
In a release titled “Notice of Regent For Elugwu Okabia In Orsu LGA, Imo State, signed by chief cc Imo, palace secretary to late Eze prof Chuka Okonkwo, Dr. H. M Iwuoha, chief Ugochukwu Onyegirim, chief S.N Chikwue, Chief Raymond Obielo, and Chief Clement Nkume and made available to Lead, they made it clear that in line with the above section of the constitution, that Chief Ambrose Onyegirim, has been vested with the powers of the Eze of the community as the Traditional prime minister or the Regent pending when a new Traditional Ruler emerges.
In the said release, the people of Enugwu Okabia were instructed to henceforth, be channeling all correspondences concerning Traditional Institution to the prime minister and to accord him all rights and privileges as the Head of the community.
In line with this, therefore, the said Traditional Prime minister and the Regent of Elugwu Okabia Onyegirim had on 25th of June 2020 where he charged the members of the community as well Governments at all levels to channel every correspondence of Elugwu Okabia Autonomous Community to his office as the Regent in line with the constitution of the community.
The traditional prime minister who used the forum to call on Two Sons of the community chief Ekpunobi and chief Oliver Ochomma who have been in court over Who ought to be the Traditional Ruler of the community to steer clear from parading selves as Ezes of the community pending the determination of the substantive by the High Court.
Onyegirim who frowned at the alleged formation of committees both on the collection of levies, as well as certain task forces in the community by one of Ezeship hopeful, made it clear that his office would not fold its arms to see any person parading himself as the Traditional Ruler of the community while court is yet to make a pronouncement to that effect.
It would be recalled that Chiefs Ekpunobi and Ochomna have since the after the death and mourning of Eze Prof Chuka Okonkwo, Eze Akariam X, in 2014, engaged in Ezeship battle over who controls the affairs of the community as the Traditional Ruler.
While the community was unable to resolve the issue as well as the State Government under former Governor Okorocha, the parties resorted to Court.
The impending matter with suit number HOR/20/2018 was at the hearing stage when the dreaded coronavirus broke out which led to shutting down of both courts amongst other activities.