- Some irate youth have set ablaze a monarch’s home in Imo state
- The monarch’s home was said to have been set ablaze for his refusal to coronate one Chief Chijioke Njokuocha
- The monarch’s preference for one Chief Jasper Nwachukwu was said to have angered the youths who had gathered to witness the coronation of Chief Njkuocha
Some youths numbering over 200 on Tuesday September 12 set ablaze the palace of the traditional ruler of Obollo Autonomous community in the Isiala Mbano Local Government of Imo state, Eze Edwin Mbaeyi.
The Punch reports that a source in the community, who simply identified himself as Collins said that the palace was burnt over the refusal of the monarch to coronate one Chief Chijioke Njokuocha as the traditional prime minister of the community after the death of his father, Chief Samuel Njokuocha.
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NAIJ.com gathered that according to the source, the monarch’s preference for one Chief Jasper Nwachukwu angered the youths who had gathered to witness the coronation of Chief Njkuocha.
The youths took laws into their hands when the event failed to hold.
He said: “Our traditional ruler has insisted on making Chief Jasper Nwachukwu our traditional Prime Minister as against the rightful owner. The position of the prime minister in our community is hereditary.
“After the death of our prime minister, Chief Samuel Njokuocha, our custom, and tradition demand that his first son, Chijioku Njokuocha, should be coronated.
"This issue started since 2016 and our traditional ruler has remained adamant and wants to go against the culture and tradition of our people. Even the office of the governor on conflict resolution had mandated him to coronate the rightful person but he vehemently refused.
"After much persuasions, he agreed to do the coronation today (Tuesday) after he had boycotted it one month ago.
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"To the chagrin of the people who had gathered with much excitement to witness the ceremony he declined. The youths were embittered. They had no other option than to set the palace ablaze after the monarch had fled.”
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had previously reported that two monarchs Eze Cletus Ilomuanya, who was the traditional ruler of Obinugwu Autonomous Community in Orlu Local Government Area, and Eze Cosmos Onyeneke, the traditional ruler of Lagwa Autonomous Community in Aboh Mbaise Local Government Area in Imo state were dethroned.[embedded content]
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