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Imo Assembly dethrones monarch

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The Imo House of Assembly has deposed Basil Iguegbe, the monarch of Agbobu autonomous community in Okigwe local council of the state.The legislators directed the community to present Odinaka Kennis Chidoka to the Okigwe council “for recognition and replacement of the dethroned.”

According to a statement signed by Marcellus Ekwezuo, Chief Press Secretary to the Speaker, the Assembly was irked by the monarch’s complicity in the alleged abductions of another monarch, Eze Ugbaja, of Amaosu autonomous community, and a four-year-old boy on February 21, 2013.

The statement noted that Basil Iguegbe’s son had used the deposed monarch’s official car to commit the alleged crime and thereafter hid in the palace. It added: “Iguegbe’s lineage has perpetrated sacrilegious acts and has lost its claim to the throne.”

The Speaker of the House, Acho Ihim, also said that recent visit to the state by South Africa’s president, Jacob Zuma, would bring a speedy end to xenophobic attacks against Nigerians living in that country.



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