The Anambra state government has warned Chief Austin Ndigwe alias Uzu Awka, against any security breach in Awka, the state capital of state following his plans to hold parallel Ofalla festival on December 28.
The warming was issued in a statement by the Secretary to the State Government,Prof Solo Chukwulobelu.
He said the Austin Ndigwe is not the traditional ruler of of Awka, kingdom and could not hold the festival in the community both by law and traction.
According to him, the authentic traditional ruler of Awka town is Igwe Gibson Nwosu, Eze Uzu Awka who was crowned and subsequently recognized by the government.
He said Igwe Gibson Nwosu, Eze Uzu Awka is the only person empowered by extant laws of the state and the ancient traditions of Igbo land as well as Awka kingdom to hold, authorise or supervise the performance of traditional rites in his personal capacity or on behalf of the town including the performance of the annual Ofala festival.
He said the attempt to fix a parallel Ofala or other event on the date of the Ofala festival was a clear and deliberate attempt by Chief Austin Ndigwe to undermine the Awka traditional institution and create security breach in the town which would not be tolerated by the government.
“The Anambra State government advised the public and indigenes of Awka town on the need to be law abiding and not participate in activities inimical to the security of Awka town in particular and the state in general.’’
Meanwhile, the Anambra state police command has promised to ensure that peace is maintained in the state at all time.
The police image maker SP Haurna Mohammed assured that the Anambra state command would not allow any person or group of persons to disrupt the peaceful Christmas celebration.
According to him, the commissioner of police, CP John Abang wishes every person peaceful Christmas celebration and assured of security during and after the celebration.
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