By GEOFFREY ANYANWU, Awka
The peaceful community of Alor in Idemili South local government of Anambra State has been thrown into crisis following alleged connivance of some government officials with few natives of the community to enthrone a monarch against the customs and wishes of the people.
Consequently, tension, apprehension and war drums have become the order of the day in the community, which is popularly called Alor London, the home of former governor of the state and sitting Senator representing Anambra Central Senatorial District, Dr. Chris Ngige.
Trouble started when the Caretaker Committee of Alor put in place by the state government declared the stool of the late monarch, Igwe Japheth Nkwoka vacant against the constitution of Alor Peoples Convention and the committee’s terms of reference from state government, and directed the Ifite section of Alor whose turn it was to nominate the next Igwe (monarch) to nominate candidate or candidates for the Igweship stool.
Even in Ifite section of Alor, the activities of the Caretaker Committee have allegedly led to confusion and disagreements resulting in Ifite section producing two parallel individuals from two villages – Mr. Chinedu Okonkwo, and Mr. Emeka Ikegwogu, now parade themselves as the Igwe-elect or traditional rulers of Alor, when they were yet to make presentations to Alor Peoples’ Convention for screening and final approval in accordance to the Constitution of Alor Peoples’ Convention.
The community is threatening to sue the state government, for allegedly meddling in its internal affairs and preventing it from democratically electing the community leaders, the monarch inclusive