Anambra State: Deposed Umuona Monarch Sues Soludo, Pursues Damages 

The deposed traditional ruler of Umuona community in Aguata Local Government Area of Anambra State, Igwe Humphrey Ejesieme, has taken legal action against Anambra State governor, Prof. Chukwuma Soludo, and four others, alleging wrongful withdrawal of his “Igweship” certificate. Ejesieme seeks N50 million in punitive damages, claiming the defendants misled Soludo into approving the withdrawal and challenging the selection of his successor, Chief Sunday Ezeofor. He demands restoration of his certificate and an injunction against granting Ezeofor the same title.

In response, Ezeofor, backed by the factional President-General of Umuona Progressive Union and others, has filed for the enforcement of their fundamental rights, citing threats of arrest and detention. They seek N50 million in damages and an injunction against further coercion from law enforcement.

Meanwhile, Ejesieme faces charges for portraying himself as the traditional ruler and conducting ceremonies despite Ezeofor’s recognition by the state government.

The defense argues interrelated court cases, but Ejesieme pleads not guilty and is granted bail. Efforts to reach the state Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy and Community Affairs, Tony Collins Nwabuwanne, for comment proved unsuccessful.

While the ministry acknowledges the withdrawal of Ejesieme’s certificate due to petitions, they await formal court documentation before responding further.

IMAGE: Aguata news

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