Ikenga Akpim village in Okrika Nweke community in Ahiazu Mbaise Local Government Area of Imo State was thrown into turmoil recently following the sudden death of the traditional ruler-elect of the community.
Mr Theophilus Onyegbula, as irate youths from the community descended on the perceived opponents of the late Eze-elect. In the melee, the house of Mr Paul Ogbonna, a former transitional council chairman of Ahiazu Mbaise, who the villagers allegedly accused of being responsible for the death of Theophilus Onyegbula, was burnt down. Also, one of the youths shot by the police was said to be in critical condition in an undisclosed hospital just as 14 persons were arrested by the police.
Investigations by Daily Sun revealed that the dispute over the traditional stool of the community started when Eze Aloy Alex Nwokekadikwa died in 2006 and it was said to be the turn of Ikenga Akpim village to produce the next king. But it was gathered that following the rotational principle enshrined in the constitution of the community since 1979, the second son of the late Eze, Prince Chibuzor with the backing of Mr Ogbonna allegedly seized the Ofo, the symbol of authority of the paramount ruler of the community, insisting that he must replace his late father as the traditional ruler.
This, Daily Sun learnt, was rejected by the entire community of Ikenga Akpim, which led to the protracted tussle for the stool. One of the community leaders, Dr Laz Anyanwu told Daily Sun that the Okirika Nweke constitution which was written in 1979 when it became an autonomous community clearly stipulated that the Ezeship position is going to be rotational and not hereditary.Continue reading