Kano court stops celebration of Igbo New Yam festival

Kano court stops celebration of Igbo New Yam festival

- Security officials have stopped Igbo indigenes from celebrating the New Yam Festival in Kano

- The decision was taken after a court retrained one Ikechukwu Oliver Akpudo from organising any Igbo festival

- The restraining order was enforced pending a determination of a suit regarding the authentic traditional ruler of the Indigbo in Kano state

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A Kano State High Court has restrained Igbo indigenes in the state from celebrating the New Yam Festival.

The festival which was scheduled to hold on Sunday, September 27, was stopped by security officials from taking place following the court order, This Day reported.

Kano court stops celebration of Igbo New Yam festival

The Kano High Court is to determine who the authentic Igbo traditional ruler in Kano. Photo credits: Nairaland Forum
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Justice Farouk Lawan Adamu who issued the order also retrained one Ikechukwu Oliver Akpudo from organising and celebrating any festival that had to do with Igbos living in Kano.

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The court took the decision following a suit to determine who is the authentic traditional ruler of the Indigbo in Kano state.

The judge asked the Kano state commissioner of police, Habu Sani to ensure that the order is adhered to.

Reacting to the development, Boniface Ibekwe who is reportedly recognised as the authentic traditional ruler of the Indigbo in Kano hailed the judgment.

He accused Akpudo of parading himself as the traditional ruler in violation of a court order.

Boniface, who has been reportedly on the throne for 10 years said:

“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 Eze Indigbo in Kano?”

In other news, the Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Council (OYC) has faulted the proscribed IPOB for asking people from the southeast to observe a sit-at-home order on October 1st.

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The Igbo group called on southeast governors to disband market unions in the region that adhered to the sit-at-home directive of the Pro-Biafra group.

Ohanaeze also distanced the Igbo youths from the IPOB directive.

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