Obosi killings: Chiefs disagree with monarch over suspension of Osita Chidoka, others

Obosi killings: Chiefs disagree with monarch over suspension of Osita Chidoka, others

- Some members of Obosi council of chiefs in Anambra state have reacted to the suspension of Chief Osita Chidoka and two others from their fold

- Chief Charles Umolu who described the suspension as a sham wondered the monarch could suspend people without inviting them to give them fair hearing

- Mgbakaogu one of the affected people, described the news of his suspension as a kangaroo exercise, saying he remained the Atta Obosi

Some members of Obosi council of chiefs have disagreed with the traditional ruler of the town, Igwe Chidubem Iweka II, over the suspension of Chief Osita Chidoka and two others from their fold.

Chief Charles Umolu (Akpe Obosi), who described the suspension as a “sham” said he was surprised that the monarch could hurriedly suspend Chidoka, Mgbakaogu and Udemba, who actually calmed the irate youths who were grieving over the death of their brothers without condemning the killings.

Umolu said the statement read to the media was already prepared before the meeting and was signed by someone who was not a member of the council.

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He said: “The entire exercise is a sham, how can you suspend people without inviting them to give them fair hearing, many people were not invited, moreover, we are about 31 cabinet members and it is grossly inadequate for seven persons to take such decision for us.

“I was invited but could not make it, but I told them in writing that the suspension of cabinet chiefs should be the least of our worries, considering that Obosi had lost over 76 youths since 2011 due to growing cultism.

“The press statement was prepared before the meeting, the person that signed and read it is an impostor because the Igwe cannot get members to sign it.

“However, monarch cannot de-robe anybody, he lacks such powers because the traditional chiefs are representatives of their families."

Reacting, Mgbakaogu one of the affected persons, dismissed the news of his suspension as a kangaroo exercise, saying he remained the (Atta Obosi).

Mgbakaogu said the monarch could not suspend any member of the cabinet without convening a general meeting of the council. He accused him of delving into partisan politics which had made him to mishandle the affairs of Obosi.

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According to him, "Two Obosi sons were killed because of election and the youths of the town insisted on taking their corpse to their king in protest of numerous deaths we have witnessed, and the three of us were there to witness what happened.

“The Igwe has had running battles with Obosi community and presently there is a panel of inquiry looking into these issues, we are still expecting the white paper from Anambra government.

“I am not surprised at the purported suspension which cannot stand, I have been in the traditional cabinet for nine years and eight months, long before he became an Igwe, so I remain Atta Obosi.”

Earlier, Legit.ng reported that Chidoka and two others were suspended from the council of chiefs by traditional ruler of Obosi town in Anambra state, Igwe Chidubem Iweka II.

They were suspended due to their alleged involvement in bringing the corpse of two Obosi youths killed during the March 9 re-run election to the palace.

In a statement signed by Benneth Mozie on behalf of the monarch and his chiefs in council, the traditional ruler said the act was a sacrilege in the tradition of Obosi kingdom which forbids the king and his council from seeing human corpse.

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