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Ebonyi community protests purported plot to impose monarch on them

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Stakeholders and opinion leaders of Nkomoro community in Ezza North Local Government Area of Ebonyi State, yesterday staged a peaceful protest in Abakaliki over purported plot to impose a traditional ruler on the community.

The protesters carried placards with various inscriptions such as “Commissioner for Chieftaincy Matters come to our aid, Nkomoro is a peace loving community, our dear governor come to our Aid, Jacob Nwakpa is not our traditional ruler,” among others.

They visibly angry protesters numbering over 1,000, marched through various streets of the capital city and finally stormed the office of the Commissioner for Local Government, Mr Uchenna Igwe, who received them.

A spokesperson of the protesters, Mr Livinus Eze, who doubles as the traditional Prime Minister of the community, appealed to the state government to stop the planned coronation of the imposed monarch.

“We heard on the news that somebody is parading  himself as our Ezeogo, nobody in Nkomoro is aware about it, we are crying, the man in question has never made his intention known to the people.

“We are here to register our grievances to the government, a situation where there are plans by some people to impose a traditional ruler in Nkomoro community is unacceptable.

“By hearing it on air, prompted our people to organise this protest, we are not aware of the purported coronation.

“We have submitted our petition to the government, we don’t want a situation where the issue of traditional ruler coronation would resort to crisis.

“There is a laid down procedure within which a traditional ruler can be selected /elected in Nkomoro community which is sacrosanct, it cannot be jettisoned by a group of individuals.”

Speaking, a stakeholder of the community, Mr Nwafor Oscar, appealed to the government to give them time to prepare for the election of their traditional ruler.

“Let the date be shifted so that the entire community would prepare and stand for election.”

“If something is emanating from the entire community to the state, the community should be aware, the elders have been holding meetings over the demise of our late Ezeogo.

“We will go home through the words of the Commissioner, we will wait for government intervention, what we are asking is for two months extension.”

Addressing the protesters, Igwe, denied any plot to impose traditional ruler on the community, adding that the protest was improper, insisting that the community would have sent delegation to the government rather than resorting to protest.

According to him, “nobody has been selected for coronation, the election of aspirants will come up on Saturday May 11, 2024.

“You people should understand the character of the governor, he is a man of peace, emulate him, this protest is unnecessary, it shows the character you people are displaying in the community.”

Prior to the protest, the community had written a petition to the Chairman of Ezza North Local Government Area, Mr Ogodo Ali Nomeh, alleging complicity by some people to cause breach of peace in the community.

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