A KANO High Court stooped the Igbo New Yam Festival (Iwaji 2020) ritual scheduled on Sunday as security officials prevented the organisers from staging the event, following a court order issued by Justice Farouk Lawan Adamu at the weekend.
In Suit No: K/322/2020, the court also restrained one Ikechukwu Oliver Akpudo from organising, assembling people and celebrating any festival that had to do with Igbos living in Kano.
The court directed the Kano State Commissioner of Police, Habu Sani, to ensure Akpudo, other Igbos and the general public comply with the court order.
“Order of interim injunction hereby retrains the defendant (Akpudo), whether by himself, through any of his agents, servants, successors or privies, from presiding over, supervising, convening, assembling, summoning, celebrating, organising and partaking in a New Yam Festival (Iwaji Festival 2020) scheduled to hold on Sunday (yesterday) September 27, 2020.”
The court further stopped Akpudo from carrying out any event or other occasions whatsoever pertaining to Igbos in Kano State, pending hearing and determination of the Motion on Notice filed by Igwe Boniface. The court fixed October 7 for hearing.
The Igbo traditional ruler in Kano, Dr. Boniface Ibekwe Ide I, Ezedioranma IV, hailed the court’s verdict. The Igbo community in Kano also backed the court’s decision.
Boniface, who is also the President General of Igbo Traditional Rulers in the Diaspora, told reporters that the said Akpudo has been parading himself as the Igwe V of the ndiIgbo in Kano.
Boniface is also recognised by the Abdullahi Ganduje administration as the authentic traditional ruler of the ndiIgbo in Kano state.
He said the court had initially restrained him and asked him “to pay me N2 million, as damages, for disturbing me on the throne. He has not paid the money, yet he went ahead to invite people for an Igbo New Yam Festival.