An Enugu State High Court has sacked the normal ruler of Umuogbugbuagu Autonomous Community, Ugwuoba, in Oji River Local Government Area of the State, Chief Anayo Anochili.
DAILY POST reported that the Court presided over by Hon. Justice A.A. Nwobodo, held that Anochili was not certified ab-initio to contest for the igweship stool, having offered a questionable Secondary School Certificate.
Another contestant to the throne, Chief Nathan Nwanze Nwangwu had dragged the embattled monarch to courtroom in swimsuit No. HOR/17/2004, in search of to be declared the rightful particular person to occupy the Igweship seat of the neighborhood.
Nwangwu had contended that on the time the election was held for the aim of the stool in 2003, he was the one certified candidate who indicated curiosity. He added that his presentation to the federal government for recognition was truncated by Anochili.
But Anochili had contended earlier than the courtroom that he polled nearly all of lawful votes solid throughout the Igweship election, and was thereafter offered with a letter of recognition.
After reviewing their arguments, Justice Nwobodo stated he discovered deserves within the arguments of the plaintiff, Chief Nwangwu, that Anochili was not certified within the first place.
He held that the defendant “has since tendered his college certificate earlier than this courtroom as Exhibit 16. The stated Certificate is dated June 2004 and bears the identify of Anochili Anayo C. born on February 1, 1979. Meanwhile, Exhibit 2 stuffed by the 2nd defendant exhibits that he was born on the first day of September, 1965.
“Can it’s stated that the candidate for the Igwe stool in Exhibit 2 and the proprietor of the college certificate Exhibit 16 is identical particular person? My reply is within the destructive.
“Now, even if the purpose of argument, that they are the same person, the question is- was the 2nd defendant qualified to contest for the office of the Igwe of Umuogbugbuagu Autonomous Community as the time he filled the form on 30th October, 2003? My answer is emphatic No.”
Based on the above, Justice Nwobodo gave an order restraining the defendants of their brokers from conducting any additional election or choice on the Igweship for Umuogbugbuagu Autonomous Community.
“The 2nd defendant is hereby restrained by the order of this courtroom from parading himself of being paraded by every other particular person as His Royal Highness, Igwe Cyril Anayo Anochili or performing any duties usually reserved for the Igwe of Umuogbugbuagu Autonomous Community.
“The Court hereby declares that the third plaintiff is the certified candidate for Igweship of Umuogbugbuagu Autonomous Community and was duly elected/chosen the Igwe Elect as at 1st January, 2004.
“That Executives of Umuogbugbuagu Progressive Union of Umuogbugbuagu Autonomous Community shall current the third plaintiff to the Governor of Enugu State for recognition.
“The defendants shall pay the cost of this action to the plaintiffs, assessed at N100,000 only,” the courtroom ordered.