Tension over what becomes the fate of HRH, Eze Ochoma, the Traditional Ruler of Elugwu Okabia Autonomous Community in Orsu Local Government amongst nine others as Imo police command arraigned them in court over alleged criminal cases.
At the hearing of the suit which took place at the magistrate court in Orlu, the police prosecutor Osagie M.A counted four charges against the Defendants which they all pleaded nonguilty.
The charges as alleged by the police prosecutor include stealing of fifty-five thousand naira property of one Obinna Ike which according to the police was committed by the said Eze Oliver Ochoma on the 15th day of September 2019.
According to the police, Eze Ochoma together with Ignatius Onyekwerum, Moses Adibe amongst other seven others committed the said offense.
Another charge against the Defendants by the police was an assault by the same persons on one Chief Christopher Onyenemezue.
Other charges by the police against the said persons include conspiracy to harm one Stephen Okolie and Patrick Okolie amongst other charges.
Addressing the court, the defendant lawyer Barr. Imo submitted that the alleged offenses was bailable ones, hence his clients should be granted bail.
Imo who argued that the Traditional Ruler, Eze Ochonma should be granted bail on self cognizance submitted that one of the former Directors in Imo Civil Service, CC Imo would stand as surety for the other nine accused persons which the magistrate court under Ozioma Amaechi granted and the matter was adjourned to 11th of September 2020.
The accused persons include Eze Oliver ochonma, the Traditional Ruler of Elugwu Okabia, 47years Emeka mmoleta, 43years, Arinze Onyekwere, 41years, Ignatius Onyekwerum, 37years, Udeozor Emmanuel Chukwuemeka, 30years and Emmanuel Anozie 33years.
It would be recalled that the said Eze Oliver Ochoma was one of the Ezes elect which the former administration of Rochas Okorocha issued certificate of recognition as Eze on the eve of his exit on May 29th, 2019.
The said recognition which the Ihedioha administration through both the 8th and 9th Houses of Assembly proscribed on the grounds of illegality has been a subject of discourse in Imo and beyond.
The Okorocha’s administration through the then SSG Mark uchendu was said to have issued a certificate of recognition to 35 Ezes in one of the Hotels in New Owerri on the 28th of May 2019.
Available information to lead revealed that in suit No HOR/166/2017, one of the contestants to Elugwu Okabia Traditional Stool, Chief Aloysius Ekpunobi obtained an order of interlocutory injunction restraining the government from recognizing any person from the said community was a traditional ruler.
In flagrant disobedience to the said order Okorocha went ahead to recognize the said Eze Ochoma.
While the matter is still pending in court which would be heard in October, as well as the prescription by two Houses of Assembly, the said Eze ochoma allegedly has started performing the functions of the traditional ruler of Eluwgu Okabia.