Chidoka Suspended For Dropping 2 Corpses At Igwe’s Palace
The traditional ruler of Obosi town in Anambra State, Igwe Chidubem Iweka II, has suspended Chief Osita Chidoka, who is a former Minister of Aviation and spokesman of Atiku Abubakar Presidential Campaign Council, from the Council of Chiefs.
Iweka announced in a statement during the weekend the suspension of Chidoka, and two others, Chief Linus Mgbakaogu and Chief Hyacinth Udemba for their alleged involvement in bringing the corpse of two Obosi youths killed during the March 9 re-run election to the palace.
The statement signed by Dr Benneth Mozie on behalf of the monarch and his chiefs in council, said the act was a sacrilege in the tradition of Obosi kingdom which forbids the king and his council from seeing human corpse.
The statement reads, “On arriving at the palace, these chiefs in council instructed that the corpse be off loaded and dumped in the palace, an insulting and dishonouring act, an abomination of the gravest magnitude.
“After due consultations and deliberations with all relevant ancient traditional bodies of Obosi, the Igwe Iweka II in council, hereby announces the indefinite suspension from his cabinet of the above mentioned three chiefs.
“This suspension is for their acts of sacrilege against the revered age-old customs of the people and Obosi ancient kingdom,” he said.
However, some members of Obosi Council of Chiefs have disagreed with Igwe Iweka II, over the suspension of Chief Chidoka and two others.
The members of the Igwe’s cabinet (“Ichie”), said the suspension could not hold as there was never a meeting with the monarch over the issues.
They said they never deliberated on the issue of the two slain Obosi youths or made a resolution to suspend the three members.
Chief Anthony Nwabude, the Traditional Prime Minister of Obosi (Onowu Obosi), who was at the palace when the suspension was announced said:
“There was never a meeting where the cabinet met to discuss and come up with the resolution that was read.
“Since the killings, the cabinet has never met to discuss it; so, I am not in support of it,” he stated categorically.
Chief Charles Umolu (Akpe Obosi), described the suspension as a “sham”.
Lamenting that 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, Umolu 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.”
On his part, Mgbakaogu, one of the affected chiefs, dismissed his suspension as a kangaroo exercise.
Accusing the Igwe of delving into partisan politics which had made him to mishandle the affairs of Obosi, he said:
“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.”