An Awka High court, Anambra state, presided over by Justice D.A. Onyefulu, was told last Friday, that the Traditional Ruler of Nri, Njikoka Local Government Area, Igwe Obidiegwu Onyeso, was suspended by the Council of Traditional rulers in the state for conferring a chieftaincy title of Ezeigbo Gburugburu, on the Leader and founder of Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB), otherwise called Biafra Independent Movement, BIM, Chief Ralph Uwazuruike, without the consent and approval of the Traditional Ruler of Uwazuruike’s country home, prior to the honour done Uwazuruike.
This disclosure was made by the Traditional ruler of Nawfia, Igwe Chijioke Nwankwo, while testifying in a #500 million libel suit slammed on him by his first cousin, Victor Nwankwo.
Testifying, Igwe Nwankwo stated that it was agreed by the Anambra state Traditional Rulers’ Council that a non- indigene who is to be given title in another community must have approval from his community traditional ruler which according to Igwe Chijioke, Igwe Onyeso ignored and went ahead and conferred the honour on Uwazuruike which earned Onyeso the suspension.
He told the court further that he (Monarch) advised his cousin, complainant, to come and take the second highest title in Nawfia, which is Ezu, but that he (cousin) said that he did not want but later went to Nri and was conferred with the chieftaincy title of Ofia Umunri, by Igwe Onyeso.
He said he told his cousin the consequence of not having the approval of himself as the monarch, that it would earn the monarch that would give him title suspension but that he ignored him.
“Instead of him to then be answering the title given to him as Ofia Umunri by Igwe Onyeso, he dropped the title and started answering Ofia Nawfia, which is a spit on me,” the court heard.
Igwe Nwankwo also told the court how a policeman attached to his cousin, pointed a gun at him when he came to see one Mr. Chinedu Ngine, who lives almost opposite the house of his cousin, Victor Nwankwo.
He said the incident happened while he was in the car driving to approach Ngine house.
The judge, adjourned hearing on the libel suit to 24th, 25th and 26th July this year for continuation.