ENUGU COMMUNITY DISOWNS FAKE TRADITIONAL RULER
Leaders of Akama Oghe Community in Ezeagu Local Government Area of Enugu State, has disowned one Ozo Christian Akpata (alias Alusi Ogwugwu), who claimed to be the Traditional Ruler (Igwe-Elect) of the community, and described him as a fake.
In a statement titled “Disclaimer”, jointly signed by the President General of Akama Oghe Town Union, Comrade Celestine Ukwuani, the Secretary General, Mr. Chidi Anidi, the Traditional Prime Minister, Chief Edwin Umeh, the Cabinet Secretary, Chief Gabriel Ezechi, as well as leaders of all the six traditional wards of the community, the people said that Ozo Christian Akpata (alias Alusi Ogwugwu), was not the Traditional Ruler (Igwe-Elect) of the community.
Reacting to a publications in the Vanguard Newspaper edition of June 11, 2021, as well as in some social media platforms, where Christian Akpata claimed to be the Traditional Ruler (Igwe-Elect) of Akama Oghe, the people described the claims as “false, dubious, frivolous and misleading”, which should be “completely ignored”.
According to the people, election into the Igwe vacant stool of Akama Oghe was conducted on April 27, 2018, in accordance with the Constitution of Akama Oghe Town Union, electoral guidelines, and other relevant laws, stating further that the election was supervised by the Ezeagu Local Government Council.
They explained that at the end of the election, Chief Onyeka Ofodile was declared winner of the exercise, defeating three other contestants, including Christian Akpata, and also that on April 28, 2018, Chief Onyeka Ofodile was presented to the people of Akama Oghe as the Igwe-Elect, in accordance with the Constitution of Akama Town Union.
The statement further stated that Chief Onyeka Ofodile was presented to Ezeagu Local Government Council as the Igwe-Elect of Akama Oghe on April 29, 2018, while Ezeagu Local Government Council, in turn, vide a letter dated April 29, 2019, forwarded the name of Chief Onyeka Ofodile as the Igwe-Elect of Akama Oghe to Enugu State Ministry of Chieftaincy, for recognition.
The people therefore warned the general public or any person relating with the said Christian Akpata on the false claims of being the Traditional Ruler (Igwe-Elect) of Akama Oghe to do so at their own peril.
Akama Oghe leaders also informed the security agencies, including the Inspector General of Police, that they knew nothing about any attempt to harm Christian Akpata, his family, or to destroy his property, pointing out that Christian Akpata was in the habit of raising false alarms, and had severally dragged leaders of the community to EFCC, ICPC, DSS, and the Nigeria Police, all of these agencies had thoroughly investigated his claims and found them to be false.
The people further disclosed that Christian Akpata was currently facing criminal charges bordering on unlawful possession of fire arms, and forgery, at the Federal High Court, Enugu Judicial Division, and at the Enugu State High Court, Ezeagu Judicial Division, respectively.
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