From Okey Sampson, Umuahia   

Abia State Government, has announced the dethronement of Eze Kanu Nwa Kanu Okereke of Ibom Isii in Arochukwu Kingdom, Arochukwu LGA of the state with immediate effect. 

Announcing its action through the Commissioner of Information and Culture, Okey Kanu, the state government said it acted based on the report of the Board of Inquiry into allegations of misconduct against Eze Okereke. 

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The board was inaugurated on November 16, 2023, and it submitted her report to the government on January 8, 2024.    In a White Paper, the government said it duly noted and accepted the recommendations of the board and declared as follows: “That HRH Eze Dr. Kanu Nwa Kanu, Eze Ibom Isii of Arochukwu Kingdom, is hereby sanctioned, and his Certificate of Recognition and Staff of Office as a Traditional Ruler in Abia State are hereby withdrawn immediately.   

“The Abia State Government hereby affirms that Dr. Kanu Nwa Kanu Okereke ceases to be the Traditional Ruler of Ibom Community / Eze Ibom Isii in Arochukwu Kingdom, Arochukwu LGA; and the Deputy Chairman, Arochukwu Traditional Rulers Council, Abia State.  “Government directs the Ibom Isii kindred to immediately commence the process of producing a new Eze to replace the deposed one (Dr. Kanu Nwa Kanu Eze Okereke). “Government hereby notes and accepts the board’s recommendation and declares the action of coronation / installation of Prince Godwin Kanu Idei as Eze Aro IX by HRH Eze Dr Kanu Nwa Kanu Okereke, the deposed Eze Ibom Isii of Arochukwu Kingdom, null and void.”