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Wednesday, 11 May 2016

Owerri Indigenes Keep Mum Over Eze Njemanze's Demise, As Okorocha Mourns Late Monarch


Prominent Owerri indigenes have refused to speak on the demise of Eze Emmanuel Emenyonu Njemanze, Ozuruigbo v of Owerri who reportedly passed on last week.

While the news of the monarch's  death had spread like wild fire across the state and beyond since last week, there has been no official announcement on the death of the monarch from  the Eze’s cabinet.
An elder in Owerri Nchi Ise who spoke to this online newspaper on condition of anonymity said  “whenever an Eze Owerri dies, it takes up to two weeks before it is officially announced after certain consultations with relevant persons and groups.  After the announcement, sympathizers and condolences will follow”

" This has been the tradition at all times" he said

There has been no official announcement of the death of the rev erred monarch by the Owerri traditional institution since news of his death hit Owerri last week.

However, Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha was among early sympathasizers at the Eze’s temporary palace yesterday, May 10, 2016.  

The Ozuruigbo palace got burnt by fire in 2013 and left un-repaired till his demise.

Okorocha moved his entire cabinet to the palace of the late king for a condolence visit yesterday. He described the Late Eze Njemanze as one of foremost traditional rulers in the country.

The governor, who was accompanied by his deputy, Prince Eze Madumere, the Secretary to the State Government (SSG)  Sir. George Eche, Chief of Staff, Chief Uche Nwosu, Principal Secretary to the Governor, Dr. Paschal Obi, Head of Service, Mr. Calistus Ekenze and all the Commissioners, was received on arrival at the family house by the wife of the late king, Ugoeze Pauline Njemanze and the son, Prince Iheanyi Emenyonu Njemanze.

Before his death, Eze Njemanze was suspended from the Imo State Council of Traditional Rulers mainly for political reasons.

His Owerri kingdom was later split as each of the five communities was granted an autonomous status and staff of office issued to four traditional rulers last December 2015. 


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