…says children of late Cousin wanted to appropriate part of general compound

From George Onyejiuwa, Owerri

The Traditional Ruler of Umuokrika autonomous Community in Ahiazu Mbaise council area of Imo state , His Royal Highness Eze Stanley P. Iwu has dismissed the purported claims by the children of his late cousin , Chief Nicholas Iwuh of having used armed policemen to prevent them from burial of their father in the family’s compound as false and malicious, but apparently to tarnish his hard earned reputation.

Recall that a national daily not the Daily Sun had on April 4 , reported that the Traditional Ruler of Umuokrika autonomous community in Ahiazu Mbaise , Eze Stanley P .Iwu had allegedly used armed policemen to stop the digging of grave for burial of his late father ,Nicholas Iwuh in the family’s compound.

However, a press release from the Peace Palace , Umuokrika and signed by Eze Stanley P Iwu, and made avaliable to Sunday Sun, stated that the real issue is the insistence by Chief Nicholas Iwuh’s children of appropriating a part of the general common area of the compound that belongs to everyone for the burial of father as their own .

He also disclosed that chief Nicholas Iwuh’s children were being instigated by the children of his late eminent uncle Chief Benneth Iwuh ,spearheaded by Cajetan Iwuh even when they no longer residing in the old family compound to cause chaos by disrespecting and regarding the advise of elders of the compound and himself who is the Traditional Ruler of Umuokirika autonomous community.

The statement which read : ” The main issue is that the children of my late cousin Chief Nicholas Iwuh are trying to appropriate the general common area of our compound which belongs to everyone for the burial of their father as their own which they know is not proper and illegal.
Precisely on 12 June , 2023 , the children of my late cousin, Chief Nicholas Iwuh started to desecrate the general common area of our compound . When they were asked to stop they threatened me that heads will roll.

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Continuing he said , “This siutation would have been nipped in the bud if it was not for the open and tacit encouragement of these young men by the children of my late eminent uncle Chief Bennett Iwuh, spearheaded by Cajetan Iwuh even when they are no longer residing in the old family compound. Both of them know very well that the general common area of our compound is for everyone and not to be claimed and erect a fence by Kelechi Nicholas or any other person in the compound and not even by me , even as a monarch of the whole community of Umuokrika. But Cajetan and his siblings who are no longer residing in the old family compound and who did not also bury their own father in the general common area of our compound instigated Kelechi Nicholas and his siblings to continue to defy elders of the family, disregard every word of reasoning. This is in furtherence of their disdain for me, and whatever I say , no matter how noble . Their main goal is nothing but disrespect my authority and of the elders in the compound and to stoke chaos. Since my coronation as the monarch my own cousins have worked tirelessly to undermine my authority and to soil my hard earned and vowed that peace will never be in the compound.

He added, Umuokrika community both home and abroad had chosen me as their new Eze in 13 April, 1998 instead of my Uncle Chief Benneth Iwuh who is their Father. Infact, I had declined when I was summoned by the community with the excuse that I was still working and not ready to retire yet . But the entire community insisted that once I accept their offer to be their new traditional Ruler that I can go back to my Job in Port Harcourt and that they will inform the state government that they have gotten a new monarch.

In fact , it was their late father who had presented me to the community after which I returned back to Port Harcourt and to my work the following day . I had no problem with their Father who had made me the executor of his Estate.The only Cajetan and his siblings were coming to me was when I was exectuing the will of their father, but after everyone of them got his share as willed by my late uncle I became their enemy .Cajetan and his siblings were already answering Prince even when their father never became the Eze.

The problem is that they just want to be Princes of the community that is all , and were not happy that it is me who is the Eze instead of their late Father,my uncle who I never had any problem with when he was alive. ”

The Monarch who said the matter is already before the court said , ” I am ready whenever my uncle’s Children are prepared to settle out of court through reasoning and dialogue and not through the current blackmail”