‘Ghost’ Drags Anambra Monarch To Court Over Traditional Stool
Wonders they say shall never end.
Justice David Onyefulu of the Anambra State High Court could not believe his ears when he was told that one of the litigants, Jacob Arinze, who filed a suit against the traditional ruler of Awka community, Igwe Obi Gibson Nwosu, was a ‘ghost’.
The relative of the deceased told the court that the litigant died 15 years before the suit was filed.
It was gathered that the Awka community had been enmeshed in crisis over the traditional stool, resulting in plethora of suits.
Testifying in court, a 78-year-old witness, Anthony Arinze, observed that Chief Oyeoka Jacob Arinze, was his uncle who died on October 18, 2003.
He added, “And he was interred on November, 21, 2003 at his compound, No 2 Muofunanya Street, Nkwelle-Awka.
“In the foregoing, he (the deceased) could not have originated or participated in the said suit since he was dead and buried more than 15 years ago.”
He described the suit and a certain January 15, 2018 judgment as pure fraud aimed to mislead the court.
To buttress his argument, Arinze attached a copy of the funeral brochure and the tribute he allegedly wrote in honour of his late uncle.
The court, however, adjourned the matter till May 2, 2018, following the application of the plaintiff’s lawyer, Uba Anene,that he needed some time to react to the counter-affidavit filed by the defendants.
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