An Anambra traditional ruler has dragged one of his kingsman to court over his alleged refusal to recognize and address him as ‘Igwe'(traditional ruler).
Oceanicnews was reliably informed that the monarch, Igwe Austin Nwankwo who is the traditional ruler of Isiagu community on Awka South local government area of Anambra state got infuriated that his kingsman simply identified as Chief Ifeatu has blatantly refused to recognize and address him as ‘Igwe’, instead, he has continued to address him as Chief Austin Nwankwo.
In a bid to properly accord him his due respect, the monarch approached the court on Wednesday, January 20 and told the court that Chief Ifeatu has refused to accept him as the traditional ruler of the community.
He said: “Chief Ifeatu had continued to address me as Chief Austin Nwankwo, when he is aware I am his traditional ruler. When he started contending my position as traditional ruler of Isiagu ancient kingdom, I tendered my certificate of recognition in the court. Government of Anambra State gave me certificate as traditional ruler of Isiagu; I am also the chairman of Awka South Traditional Rulers Council. When I tendered the certificate in the High Court, none of Chief Ifeatu and his counsel, N.O Nwadinobi, raised objection; yet, he had continued to address me as mere chief,” Igwe Nwankwo said.
Ifeatu in response told the court: “I will not recognize him as my traditional ruler. Only him knows how and where he got the certificate of recognition. So, it behooves on him to prove to the court that he is the authentic traditional ruler.”