Information reaching Citypost revealed that Gov Charles Soludo of Anambra state has described Ozo Austin Ndigwe as an impostor that is not recognized by the state government as the Eze Uzu of Awka.
Also Soludo has warned Ndigwe to stop parading himself as the monarch of Awka people stating that the recognized traditional ruler of Awka town is Obi Gibson Nwosu.
According to a release signed by the Commissioner for Information Mr Paul Nwosu;
“It has come to the attention of Anambra state government that one Chukwuezube Ndigwe aka Uzu Awka is still parading himself as the authentic traditional ruler of Awka..
“Not only that, he is also taking steps to perform one of the major harvest season traditional rites known as New Yam Festival or Iwa ji of Awka people and there by threatening the peace and tranquility of the town.
“The state government will not tolerate this.
‘For the avoidance of doubt the state government wishes to state emphatically that the only recognized traditional ruler of Awka is His Royal Highness Igwe Obi Gibson Nwosu the Eze Uzu 2nd of Awka whose recognized by state government has not been withdrawn and he is the only one empowered by section 15 of the Traditional Ruler’s law of Anambra state 2007 to preside over such festival or carry out any of the functions of traditional ruler in Awka.
It is a criminal offence for any other person to do so by virtue of section 20 of the Traditional Ruler’s law of Anambra state 2007.
The said Austin Ndigwe is not recognized traditional ruler of Awka and should henceforth desist from parading himself and portraying himself as the traditional ruler of Awka or attempting to usurp the right of legitimate and duely recognized traditional ruler His Royal Highness Igwe Obi Gibson Nwosu.
“Any such unlawful act in any part of Anambra state will not be condoned by the Anambra state government and the state will not hesitate to sanction such an imposture according to the relevant law of Anambra state’he said.”