Posted by News Express | 8 January 2021 | 1,072 times
Flamboyant Anambra monarch dies few days after reclaiming throne
By PAMELA EBOH, Awka
The traditional ruler of Igbariam in Anambra East Local Government Area of Anambra State, Igwe Nkeli Nzekwe (a.k.a Okalakwu Igbariam), has died.
Nzekwe, who died on January 7 after celebrating his yearly Ofala festival on January 4, 2021, was among the 13 traditional rulers from the state that were suspended for travelling to Abuja in August with Anambra-born business mogul, Arthur Eze, to visit President Muhammadu Buhari.
The one year suspension was lifted by the state governor, Chief Willie Obiano, on December 30.
According to a source who pleaded anonymity, the flamboyant monarch died on Thursday in his house at Igbariam and was also buried same day in his compound according to tradition.
Until his sudden death, Eze Okalakwu was the Chairman, Board of Trustees of the splinter Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide General Assembly, which has been kicking against the ongoing Ohanaeze election.
Confirming his death, the state Commissioner for Information and Public Enlightenment, C. Don Adinuba, said that the State Government has not been officially notified of his death and referred our reporter to the Town Union President General for official confirmation.
Efforts to confirm the report from the community President General were not successful as his phone number could not be reached at the time of filing this report.
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