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Kano State High Court Restrains Igbos From Celebrating New Yam Festival In Kano Over Igweship Tussle. What Is Your Take On This?


Two Igbo people are fighting over ohaneze ndi igbo in Kano and the Igwe approached the court to restrain them from holding the new yam festival this year..

Igbo vs his kinsmen for Highness throne. The authentic Highness went to stop the self assumed Highness who wanted to organize yam festival for Igbo nation in kano

The High Court presided by Justice Farouk Lawan Adamu, stopped the Ndigbo from performing the New Yam Festival (Iwaji 2020) rituals scheduled to hold last Sunday 27th of September 2020 in Kano  State.

The court, in Suit No. K/322/2020, also restrained one Ikechukwu Oliver Akpudo from organizing, assembling people and celebrating the Iwaji or any festival that has to do with Ndigbo living in Kano.

Justice Adamu directed the Kano State Commissioner of Police, Habu Sani, to ensure Akpudo, other Igbo natives and the general public comply with the court order.

“Order of interim injunction is hereby retraining the defendant (Akpudo), whether by himself, through any of his agents, servants, successors or privies, from presiding over, supervising, convening, assembling, summoning, celebrating, organizing and partaking in a New Yam Festival (Iwaji Festival 2020) scheduled to hold on Sunday, September 27, 2020,” the court said.

The court further stopped Akpudo from carrying out any event or other occasions whatsoever pertaining to Igbos in Kano State, pending hearing and determination of the Motion on Notice filed by Igwe Boniface. The court fixed October 7th for hearing.

Meanwhile, the Igbo traditional ruler in Kano, His Highness Igwe (Dr.) Boniface Ibekwe Ide I, Ezedioranma IV, has hailed the court’s verdict.

Dr. Boniface, who is also the President-General of Igbo Traditional Rulers in the Diaspora, told newsmen after the court order was obtained that Akpudo has been parading himself as the Igwe V of the Ndigbo in Kano.

“The court had initially restrained Akpudo and asked him to pay me the sum of N2 million, as damages, for disturbing me on the throne. He has not paid the money, yet, he went ahead to invite people for an Igbo New Yam Festival.

“He also wrote letters to prominent Igbo personalities promising to give them chieftaincy titles during his purported event. So, I and my cabinet members, as law-abiding citizens, had to go to court to stop him.

“How can someone wakes up suddenly and begins to parade himself as my successor when I am still alive, still on the throne and performing my duties diligently as the authentic Eze Ndigbo in Kano?,” Dr. Boniface who has been on the throne for 10 years queried.

The Igbo monarch appealed to the Igbos in Kano to be calm, that the New Yam Festival (Iwaji) will be celebrated at an appropriate time in accordance with the Igbo tradition.

We also gathered that Boniface is also recognized by the Abdullahi Ganduje administration as the authentic traditional ruler of the Ndigbo in Kano State.

Recall that during the lockdown of the covid19 pandemic, The Kano state government gave Ndi’Igbo palliatives in the heat of Covid-19. Chinwe Ahu reports that:-
The eze ndi’igbo summoned his cabinet members in to his compound, locked the gate, shared the bags or rice, beans, Garri, cartons of noodles amongst them….
Meanwhile Igbo youths and the needy stood outside the gate waiting for the palliatives to be shared….
They didn’t realize they were being sidelined until the cabinet members started driving out with bags and cartons of palliatives in the boot of their cars….some boots couldn’t even close…
By the time they realized what was happening, a huge number of the cabinet members had left with the palliatives…
The few remaining palliative thieves were mobbed by the angry youths and everyone grabbed what their hands could….


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