Idumuje-Ugboko: Princes Accuse Crown Prince of Fueling Crisis, Stifling Devt

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Some princes of the royal family of Idumuje-Ugboko, notably Prince Kachi Anthony Nwoko and Prince Chukwuma Nwoko have laid the blame for the crisis ravaging the community and the attendant stalling of multi-billion Naira developmental projects there on the doorstep of the aspiring traditional ruler, Crown Prince Chukwunonso Nwoko.
In their separate petitions to the Delta State Governor, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa and the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed to call the crown prince to order, they also charged the crown prince with perpetration of baseless allegations and threats to life against them and members of their families.
In a related development, another prince of the kingdom, Dr. Michael Nwoko who is also Senior Special Assistant to the Delta State Governor on Health Monitoring advised the crown prince to do more to unite the royal family and take measures that would promote rather than stifle the unity, peace development of Idumuje-Ugboko.  He spoke through a live interview with Channels Television, which was monitored by our reporter.
Prince Kachido Nwoko who was living in the king’s palace in Idumuje-Ugboko before the current crisis accused the crown prince of being the chief instigator.
He said: “The crisis began after the burial of the king in 2017, when his son, Prince Chukwunonso took over at the palace. One day, I heard Prince Chukwunonso discussing over the phone talking to someone about Prince Ned Nwoko. He was telling the person that they needed to banish him from the community. Afterward, he decided to summon the Izu Ani, that is meeting of Elders in Council, to tell them that there was the need to banish Prince Ned Nwoko because he is no longer from the community.”
He wondered why any crown prince who wished to achieve peace and accelerated development of his community would be plotting to banish one of its most illustrious sons.
Prince Chukwuma Nwoko similarly blamed the crown prince for allegedly being an accessory to the crisis.
He said, “Till today, we don’t have peace in Idumuje-Ugboko and the crisis started when the last Obi died and Prince Chukwunonso Nwoko started to scheme to reverse some of the decisions taken during his father’s reign.
“Anybody who advises him against such backward moves will be labeled an enemy and become a target of attacks and blackmail by the crown prince and his supporters.”
He added, “For example, the last king, Obi Albert Nwoko III, Prince Chukwunonso’s father approved 33 hectares of land for Prince Ned Nwoko’s agricultural projects. After that, when Prince Ned Nwoko decided to embark on the University project, he applied for more land and the same king approved additional 90 hectares for the university.
“The approvals were signed by the Obi before he died. At that time Prince Chukwunonso was not around as he rarely home. But sometime along as the king started getting old, Prince Chukwunonso relocated from Lagos to Asaba.
“He started to pay closer attention to the palace when the Obi was sick and just before he died. Not many people knew that beside seeking the crown, he had a sinister agenda to reverse the land allocation for the university.”
Both Prince Kachido and Prince Chukwuma stated that their stand for truth, peace and development and progress of my dear community Idumuje-Ugboko was the main reason why they were not in the good books of Crown Prince Chukwunonso Nwoko and his supporters.
They pleaded with Governor Okowa and the Inspector- General of Police to use your exalted offices to persuade the Crown Prince Chukwunonso Nwoko and his supporters to stop threatening and molesting them together with their family members.
They also urged them to prevail on the crown prince and his agents release their grip and allow people-oriented developments to take place in Idumuje-Ugboko.
In his own remarks, Dr Michael Nwoko, who is also the secretary of the Nwoko royal family, said that efforts by several well meaning indigenes of Idumuje-Ugboko as well traditional rulers from other parts of Anioma had been frustrated by forces did not mean well for the community.
He cited the example of a peace meeting convened by some prominent traditional rulers from Delta North led by the Obi of Owa, Dr. Emmanuel Ifeizomor II stressing that if the terms of the settlement were adhered to by the crown prince and others, peace and development would be ushered in Idumuje-Ugboko.
He said there was no justification for the crown and some persons to be trying to reverse the approval of allocation of land for the Stars University project made by late Obi Albert Nwoko III before died.
Meanwhile, another member of the royal family, Prince Chuks Nwoko has denied that the crown prince was responsible for the crisis rocking Idumuje. Some princes of the royal family of Idumuje-Ugboko, Prince Kachi Anthony Nwoko and Prince Chukwuma Nwoko have laid the blame for the crisis ravaging the community and the attendant stalling of multi-billion naira development projects there on the doorstep of the traditional ruler, Crown Prince Chukwunonso Nwoko.
In their separate petitions to the Delta State Governor, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa and the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed to call the crown prince to order.
In a related development, another prince of the kingdom, Dr. Michael Nwoko who is also Senior Special Assistant to the Delta State Governor on Health Monitoring advised the crown prince to do more to unite the royal family and take measures that would promote rather than stifle the development of Idumuje-Ugboko.
He spoke through a live interview with Channels Television which was monitored by our reporter.
“I am calling on Your Excellency and the law enforcement agencies to help call the Crown Prince and his blood-thirsty agents to order before they wipe me and my family out.
“Prince Chukwunonso should be held responsible if anything happens to me or my family members. Apart from their threats to my life, since they chased me away they have been using all kinds of baseless allegations and lies to assassinate my character. Their aim is to totally paint me as evil,” he said.
Prince Kachido Nwoko, who was living in the king’s palace in Idumuje-Ugboko before the current crisis, accused the crown prince of being the chief instigator.
He said: “The crisis began after the burial of the king in 2017, when his son, Prince Chukwunonso took over at the palace. One day, I heard Prince Chukwunonso discussing over the phone talking to someone about Prince Ned Nwoko.
“He was telling the person that they needed to banish him from the community. Afterward, he decided to summon the Izu Ani, that is meeting of Elders in Council, to tell them that there was the need to banish Prince Ned Nwoko because he is no longer from the community.”
He wondered why any crown prince who wished to achieve peace and accelerated development of his community would be plotting to banish one of its most illustrious sons.
Prince Chukwuma Nwoko similarly blamed the crown prince for allegedly being an accessory to the crisis.
According to him, “Till today, we don’t have peace in Idumuje-Ugboko and the crisis started when the last Obi died and Prince Chukwunonso Nwoko started to scheme to reverse some of the decisions taken during his father’s reign.
“Anybody who advises him against such backward moves will be labeled an enemy and become a target of attacks and blackmail by the crown prince and his supporters.”
He added, “For example, the last king, Obi Albert Nwoko III, Prince Chukwunonso’s father approved 33 hectares of land for Prince Ned Nwoko’s agricultural projects. After that, when Prince Ned Nwoko decided to embark on the University project, he applied for more land and the same king approved additional 90 hectares for the university.
“The approvals were signed by the Obi before he died. At that time Prince Chukwunonso was not around as he rarely home. But sometime along as the king started getting old, Prince Chukwunonso relocated from Lagos to Asaba.
“He started to pay closer attention to the palace when the Obi was sick and just before he died. Not many people knew that beside seeking the crown, he had a sinister agenda to reverse the land allocation for the university.”
Both Kachido and Chukwuma stated that their stand for truth, peace and development and progress of my dear community Idumuje-Ugboko was the main reason why they were not in the good books of Crown Prince Chukwunonso Nwoko and his supporters.
They pleaded with Governor Okowa and the Inspector- General of Police to use your exalted offices to persuade the Crown Prince Chukwunonso Nwoko and his supporters to stop threatening and molesting them together with their family members.
They also urged them to prevail on the crown prince and his agents release their grip and allow people-oriented developments to take place in Idumuje-Ugboko.
In his own remarks, Dr. Michael Nwoko who is also the secretary of the Nwoko royal family, said that efforts by several well meaning indigenes of Idumuje-Ugboko as well traditional rulers from other parts of Anioma had been frustrated by forces that do not mean well for the community.
He cited the example of a peace meeting convened by some prominent traditional rulers from Delta North led by the Obi of Owa, Dr. Emmanuel Ifeizomor II stressing that if the terms of the settlement were adhered to by the crown prince and others, peace and development would be ushered in Idumuje-Ugboko.
He said there was no justification for the crown and some persons to be trying to reverse the approval of allocation of land for the Stars University project made by late Obi Albert Nwoko III before died.
Meanwhile, another member of the royal family, Prince Chuks Nwoko has defended the crown prince claiming that he was not responsible for the crisis rocking Idumuje-Ugboko.
He also denied that he was responsible for threats to lives of some members of the community.
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