The traditional ruler of Umueri, Igwe Ben Ameke has been suspended from the traditional council for assaulting one Mr. Anthony Oli, the Senior Special Assistant to Anambra State Governor, Willie Obiano.
It was gathered that the monarch disrespected the governor while on a thank you tour to Umueri area of the state.
According to investigation, during a reception for Obiano, the governor’s aide was asked to break kolanuts but the monarch, Igwe Ameke grabbed the kolanuts from Mr. Oli on the ground that he was son of the soil and perform the traditional rite.
The Igwe said that the governor’s aide had no right but himself could ony break the kolanuts.
The disagreement led to fracas and it took the intervention of the other monarchs to douse the tension.
However, the Anambra East Traditional Rulers Council took a decision to suspend Igwe Ben Ameke for committing public assault against the governor.
The monarch was suspended for one year for allegedly being the mastermind of the fracas, as other royal fathers said he engages in fragrant violation of customs and tradition of Igbo land as it concerns the rules surrounding the breaking of kolanuts.
Chairman of Anambra East Traditional Rulers Council, Igwe Alex Edozieuno in a letter announcing Igwe Ameke’s suspension, directed that “an observer from Umueri should be nominated to be attending a meeting of royal fathers in the area while the suspension lasts.
The suspension letter was copied to the chairman of Anambra State Traditional Rulers Council and Obi of Onitsha, Igwe Nnaemeka Achebe, the state commissioner for chieftaincy affairs, the police and Department of State Service, DSS, among others.