The Imo State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Chief Barr. C.O.C. Akaolisa has called on communities having chieftaincy disputes in court to seek an amicable settlement in the interest of peace in the communities.
The Attorney General made the call while receiving delegates from Umuzike Development Union from Umuzike Autonomous Community in his office. The delegation was led by the President-General of the Union, Chief Dr. Iheanyi Nnodum.
In his address, Barr. Akaolisa stated that the era of imposition of persons as traditional rulers has ended as the traditional institution under the government of distinguished Senator Hope Uzodinma must be sustained from the customs and traditions of the people. He added that traditional stools of communities should not go to the highest bidder but must follow the traditional system of identification, selection and presentation in accordance with the Traditional Rulers and Autonomous Communities and Allied Matters (Amendment) Law No.10 of 2020. He further said that the present government is interested in the peace and progress of all com munities in the state and charged communities to ensure that claims to the Ezeship are genuine and culturally right.
In his response, the President General of Umuzike Development Union, Chief Dr. Iheanyi Nnodum thanked the Honourable Attorney General for granting them an audience and for his numerous works in the justice system of the state. He said that they came to express their community’s support for HRH Eze Chima Nkpado, Uzi of Umuzike in Orlu Local Government Area who was properly identified, selected and presented in accordance with the custom and tradition of Umuzike Autonomous Community and who they pray the government to accord full recognition with a staff of office.
He also pledged the community’s support to the Shared Prosperity government of Sen. Hope Uzodinma and their resolve for the peaceful coexistence of everyone in the state.