AN Ogbaru High Court, presided over by Hon Justice A.O. Okuma, has fixed for definite hearing, a case of alleged usurpation of the Onowu Iyasele chieftaincy stool of Anibonwa-Ochuche, Ogbaru Council Area of Anambra State.
The plaintiff in the suit, Rex Okechukwu, JP, is asking the court to declare that the defendant, one Anthony Isika Nwosu is a usurper to the stool.
In the suit, registered s AT/1/2021, Okechukwu claimed that he was a great grandson of Onowu Iyasele Enebeazu who captured Onumonu, the progenitor of the defendant’s lineage, during an intercommunal war at a place around Egbema, near Oguta in the present Imo State.
He deposited that the name – Umuagha kindred, which the defendant’s family was identified literally meant captives of war.
In the same suit, the second defendant, John Chukwumaeze Olisa, was said to have usurped the stool of Odaje-Asi, the position of a personal assistant to Onowu-Iyasele.
The plaintiff asserted that the second defendant’s fore-father, Ugboma, was similarly captured in a military campaign
by the said Onowu Iyasele Enebeazu at a place near Abriba, in the present Abia State.
Okechukwu, who is the pioneer Secretary-General and immediate past Editor-in-Chief and Chairman, Editorial Board of Anambra Newspapers and Printing Corporation, printers and publishers of National Light newspapers, maintained that he is the right person to occupy the Onowu Iyasele stool by virtue of succession, custom and tradition of Anibonwa clan.
He prayed the court to grant an order of perpetual injunction restraining the defendants, their servants, agents and privies from usurping the said stools.
The plaintiff further prayed the court for a declaration that the defendant are not entitled to the Onowu Iyasele and Asi stools of Anibonwa and any other red cap tittle in Ochuche nay Anibonwa except as assigned to them by the family of the plaintiff.
The suit was filed by Barrister Francis Effiong for the plaintiff while Barrister M. Oputa is the defence counsel.
Hon Justice Okuma admonished counsels on both sides to avoid frivolous motions and adjourned the case till October 18,20,21 and 25 this year for hearing.