Cross River Governor Reinstates Deposed Itam Monarch

In a landmark ruling, the reinstatement of HRM Muri Munene Itam Hogan Itam as the Village Head of Obufa Obio Ukem, Clan Head of Efut Ukem, Muri Munene, and Paramount Ruler of the Efuts, has been directed by Governor Bassey Edet Otu. This directive, stemming from the Cross River State High Court ruling in Suit No. HC/MSC/154/2022 delivered on July 19, 2022, marks the culmination of a legal battle that challenged Itam’s removal from his ancestral throne.

Emmanuel Ogbeche, Chief Press Secretary to Governor Otu, affirmed the governor’s stance through a press release, cautioning against any continued occupancy of the throne by unauthorized individuals. The press release, citing Section 37 of the Traditional Rulers Law, Cap T4, Laws of Cross River State, 2004, emphasizes Itam’s exclusive recognition as the legitimate ruler, thereby denouncing any other claimants as impostors subject to legal repercussions.

Acknowledging Itam’s restored status, Governor Otu extends congratulations and urges a commitment to fostering peace, inclusivity, and the collective welfare of the Efut community and the state at large. The reinstatement of Itam signifies not only the resolution of a contentious chieftaincy dispute but also the potential restoration of tranquility in Calabar South, where tensions had simmered amidst the uncertainty surrounding Itam’s leadership.

The reason for the dethronement of Itam by the previous governor, Ben Ayade, is still a mystery but this singular action plunged the region into a period of uncertainty and discord, with many observers now demanding a thorough investigation into Ayade’s action to clear all doubts of complicity

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