Tension has heightened in Nsugbe, Anambra East local government area of Anambra State following the mock burial conducted by the community against it’s traditional ruler, Igwe Victor Ntorka, at the weekend.
The protest, comprising widows, the elders in council and angry youths, was led by the oldest man in the community Pa Arinze Obiagwu.
The 107-year-old blind Obiagwu, with tears rolling down his cheeks, said their former monarch desecrated the culture and traditions of Nsugbe and was no longer fit to be a traditional ruler
He said he was greatly angered that the monarch refused to recognize him as the oldest person in the area, a situation, he said had never happened in the history of Nsugbe.
One of the community leaders and a member of the Igwe in Council, Obi Ifeanacho Akwudo, said the monarch had turned everything in Nsugbe upside down.
Spokesman for the community, Chief Nzeadigwe Nweke listed some of the alleged crimes committed by the monarch as sponsoring armed robbery and kidnappings in Nsugbe
Others, according to him included, his refusal to answer the call of elders in council, alleging his actions led to the killing of a young man few days ago in the Community and burning of two buildings.
However, all the efforts by The press to speak with the deposed monarch proved abortive as his phone number remained unavailable
But, one of his allies in his palace, who pleaded anonymity, described all the allegations against him as false and unfounded.
According to him: “Igwe is a good person. Everybody in this community knows about his goodness.
“The allegations are false and politically motivated. Igwe is a strong supporter of Willie Obiano’s government which certain politicians here don’t support.
“Nobody can remove him from the throne, he is still the traditional ruler of Nsugbe.”