The people Egwu Achi community in Oji River Local Government Area of Enugu State has appealed to Governor Sullivan Chime to remove and possibly prosecute their traditional ruler HRH,Victor Meniru, over alleged impersonation and vandalization of property belonging to the community.
The people who stated this during a peaceful demonstration to the Government House Enugu yesterday, said the traditional ruler was not elected by them but was rather imposed on them by some undesirable elements in the community.
Spokesman for the community and President of the Town Union,Mr Okechukwu Onwuka alleged that, ” since he assumed the title, Igwe Meniru had unleashed a reign of terror on the community using hoodlums and thugs to intimidate anyone who dared to oppose him”.
Onwuka said: “the traditional ruler who is based in Abuja, used the same hoodlums to vandalize public property at Egwu Achi in order to punish the people for their refusal to accept him as their ruler.
“He comes to the Community sparingly and unleashes mayhem on the people and locks up some of his perceived enemies”.
The Town Union Leader lamented that the two 500KVA transformers provided to the Community by the State Government was seized by the Igwe who claimed that they were attracted by a politician in the area.
Onwuka appealed to the governor to investigate the activities of the self made Igwe with a view to withdrawing his certificate of recognition which was erroneously given to him.
Responding on behalf of Governor Sullivan Chime, the State Commissioner for Human Capital Development and Poverty Reduction, Mr. Godwin Ogenyi, urged the people to remain law abiding and employ dialogue in dealing with their grievances.
The Governor assured the people of the readiness of his administration to provide security and ensure peaceful existence among the people of the state.
He added that development cannot thrive in an atmosphere of insecurity assuring them that government would look into their grievances, with a view to resolving their problems amicably.