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.
“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.
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.
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.