The chieftaincy tussle over the ancient royal throne of Awka town has allegedly claimed the life of the Chief Priest of Imo-Awka deity following alleged spiritual approval of dethroning Obi Gibson Nwosu and crowing of Austin Ndigwe as the monarch of the town.
No fewer than 300 youths and women took to the streets of Awka, yesterday, protesting the crowning of Ndigwe, contending that Obi Gibson Nwosu remained the king of Awka town.
Confirming the mysterious death of Imo-Awka the Chief Priest to reporters in Awka, a member of the Awka ruling cabinet, Chief Benjamin Muorah, described it as an abomination, wondering the rationale behind crowning a new king while the old one was still on the throne.
He said, “The spiritual consequences of illegally crowning Austin Ndigwe the monarch of the town has claimed the life of the town’s chief priest. What happened in our town is an abomination. Due to the complacency of the conspirators over this abominable act, our chief priest, the chief priest of Imo-Awka deity just died mysteriously. This is just the beginning. We do not know what would happen or who would die next as a result of the taboo committed by Austin Ndigwe and his cohorts.”
Reacting, the Commissioner for Local Government, Mr. Greg Obi and the councilor of Awka town, Mr. Paulson Okeke insisted there could not be two monarchs in a town.
“Eze Uzu II Obi Gibson Nwosu is the King of Awka town. He has our staff of office and certificate of recognition since 21 years now. We do not know who Austin Ndigwe is,” they said.