The Anambra State Police Command has declared the traditional ruler of Awka Kingdom, Obi Gibson Nwosu, Ezeuzu 11, as the only traditional ruler known to them in the town. The State Police Commissioner, Garba Umr, stated this during a courtesy visit to the palace of Obi Gibson Nwosu, Tuesday September 5, reports Jude Atupulazi.
The declaration by the Police Commissioner was necessitated by the claim by an indigene of Awka some time ago that he was the monarch of the town.
But speaking at the Palace of Ezeuzu 11 during a courtesy visit with officers and men of his command last Tuesday, Umar said there was only one monarch known to the police in Awka, noting that the visit of the police command to Ezeuzu 11 confirmed that.
'We have only one king in Awka and that if Obi Gibson Nwosu who is also recognised by the government, as well as the court,' he said and warned anyone parading himself as a parallel monarch in the town to desist from that or be severely dealt with.
He said the police command was silently working towards dealing with the spate of false claims by individuals to the traditional stool in some parts of the state but that as far as Awka was concerned, the police only recognised Ezeuzu 11.
He recalled that the said impostor to the throne had once visited him at the office and had to wait a long time to see him and noted that real traditional rulers did not visit public officers in their offices but were visited.
Earlier while stating his mission to the palace, Umar said it was in furtherance of his close relationship with Ezeuzu 11 whom he commended for contributing to the peace enjoyed in the state.
Speaking ahead of the planned sit-at-home protest next month by the members of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, he warned them against disrupting the public peace but to channel their agitation through the proper channels.
According to him, he had no problem with them regarding their demand except that they should not force those against it to do so.
Umar said that following their proscription, anyone who associated with them would be breaking the law. He therefore enjoined the traditional ruler of Awka and his cabinet to reach out to their people and tell them not to breach the law by joining in the activities of IPOB.
The police chief expressed satisfaction that his command had been able to deal decisively with cultism, kidnapping and other vices and urged the citizenry to cooperate with the police.
While receiving the police chief, Obi Gibson Nwosu said the commissioner's message of peace would be taken to his subjects in the 33 villages and 7 quarters making up the town.
He commended the CP for managing to build on the successes recorded by his predecessors, culminating in the state being perceived as the safest.
Ezeuzu who described Awka as a peaceful community, however urged the police to look into the activities of trouble makers in the town who, he said, were bent on destabilizing the peace enjoyed in the state under the Willie Obiano Administration.
The monarch regretted that the seeming inaction by the police had encouraged those staking false claims to the traditional stool in various communities to continue.
He advised those angling for igweship in their communities to wait for their time rather than breaking the law. He noted that the person causing confusion in Awka was not even qualified to replace him in many years to come as it was not his community's turn yet.
In his vote of thanks, the traditional prime minister of Awka Town, High Chief Benjamin Okoye, commended the police commissioner for the peace in the state and conveyed the best wishes of Awka people to him.