Youths numbering over 200 on Tuesday set
ablaze the palace of the traditional ruler of
Obollo Autonomous community in the Isiala
Mbano Local Government of Imo state, Eze
Edwin Mbaeyi.A source in the community,
who simply identified himself as Collins
told our correspondent 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.
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
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. 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 “..