‘Stop insulting Imo govt’
The Chairman, Imo State Council of Traditional Rulers, Eze Samuel Ohiri, has described as falsehood and unprofessional, the publication in local tabloids that two monarchs from the state were detained in Abuja.
Eze Ohiri, who addressed reporters at the Sam Mbakwe Airport, Owerri, on his return from Abuja, said he and Eze Chijioke Okwara of Nkwere were only invited for interrogation by the Director of Operations, State Security Service (SSS), on August 21.
The royal father said they repeated their visit the next day, as they did not see the director the previous day.
He said the visit was in connection with a petition by Chief Cletus Ilomuanya, the deposed traditional ruler of Obinugwu autonomous community, alleging threat to his life.
Although Eze Ohiri said he was not privy to the petition, questions concerning the Iriji cultural festival performed by Chief Ilomuanya were raised as well as issues on the traditional institution and security in the state.
The monarch said no one constituted a threat to Ilomuanya, stressing that the deposed traditional ruler had no right to perform the Iriji ceremony as the ‘Obi of Obinugwu’, since he had been dethroned by the government.
Eze Ohiri said the law backing the action of Governor Rochas Okorocha was clear.
“Chief Ilomuanya either needs to go back to school or consult a lawyer to educate him on the content of the law made before the present administration came to power,” he said.
Eze Ohiri, the chairman of Ndi-Eze, advised Chief Ilomuanya to stop parading himself as the traditional ruler of Obinugwu community and warned him to refrain from disparaging the Okorocha administration. “Enough is enough. Obinugwu now has a new monarch. Chief Ilomuanya should understand that fact,” he added.
Eze Ohiri advised reporters and the public not to address Chief Ilomuanya as a traditional ruler.
He said journalists should be guided by the ethics of their profession.