PRESS RELEASE: The Chairman, Imo State Council of Traditional Rulers, HRH Eze Samuel Ohiri has described as calculated falsehood and unprofessional, the publication in some local tabloids alleging that two traditional rulers in Imo State were detained at Abuja.
Eze Ohiri who addressed newsmen at the Sam Mbakwe Airport, Owerri on his return from Abuja, explained that he (Eze Ohiri) and HRH Eze Chijioke Okwara of Nkwere were only invited for interview by the SSS Director of Operations on Thursday, 21st August 2014.
The Royal father noted that they had to repeat their visit to the SSS office the next day (Friday) as they could not see the Director of Operations the previous day.
He disclosed that the visit was in connection with a petition made by Chief Cletus Ilomuanya, the deposed Traditional Ruler of Obinugwu Autonomous Community, alleging threat to his life. Although, Eze Ohiri maintained he was not privy to the said petition, he pointed out that questions concerning the Iriji cultural festival performed by Chief Ilomuanya were raised as well as issues on the traditional institution and security of Imo State.
The Royal father maintained that no one has in any manner constituted a threat to Chief Cletus Ilomuanya, but stressed that the deposed traditional ruler has no right to perform the Iriji ceremony as the ‘Obi of Obinugwu’, since he has been dethroned by government.
Eze Ohiri pointed out that the existing law backing the action of Governor Rochas Okorocha is quite clear. “ He (Chief Ilomuanya) either needs to go back to school or consult a lawyer to educate him properly on the content of the law that was made before the present administration came into power;” he observed.
The Chairman of Ndi-Eze further advised Chief Cletus Illomuanya to stop parading himself as the Traditional Ruler of Obinugwu Community and equally warned him to refrain from disparaging the government of Rochas Okorocha. “Enough is enough. Obinugwu now has a new Traditional Ruler and Chief Cletus Illomuanya should understand that fact;” Eze Ohiri stressed.
He used the opportunity to appeal to Journalists and the public not to address Chief Illomuanya as a Traditional Ruler in Imo State and equally cautioned Journalists to be guided by the ethics of their profession in the reportage of events in the State.
For: SSA Media
August 25, 2014.