Anambra State government has inaugurated an eight – man administrative panel of inquiry into the Akili-Ogidi Igweship crisis.
The panel has the Traditional Ruler of Nteje Community, Igwe Rowland Odegbo as its Chairman, and Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Special Duties, Mr. Nwabufo Nwankwo as the Secretary.
Our correspondent reports that other members of the committee include Anambra State Commissioner for Youth Entrepreneurship and Creative Economy, Professor Theresa Obiekezie; Traditional Ruler of Alor Community, Igwe Anthony Okonkwo; that of Obosi Community, Igwe Chidubem Iweka; Barristers Chike Maduekwe; Vera Okechukwu, and Pat Igwebuike.
The Committee is required to thoroughly examine the Igweship tussle in Akili-Ogidi Community in which two different people, Ikechukwu Sebastine Nwafili also known as Alanze Igwe, and Nwabueze Kingsley Nwama also known as Udom-Eze, are laying claim to the traditional rulership stool of the community, even though the state government has not issued certificate of recougnition to any of them.
The panel is to examine the culture, tradition and constitution of the town to ascertain the genuineness or otherwise of the process through which each contestant is claiming his legitimacy, and make recommendation to the state government on the authentic choice of the community for the throne.
In the course of its assignment, the committee may call for written submissions, open hearing, and interview relevant people to facilitate
its work which is to be submitted to the State government in two weeks time.
Inaugurating the panel, Governor Willie Obiano represented by his Deputy, Dr. Nkem Okeke asked them to live up to expectation by resolving the Igweship tussle in Akili-Ogidi Community.
Responding, the Chairman of the committee, Igwe Odegbo promised to bring to an end the crisis and ensure that peace is restored in the Community at the end of their assignment.