By Nick Chibunna
A 19-year-old tussle over the traditional rulership of Atta Autonomous Community in Ikeduru LGA, Imo State has been resolved following the presentation of the staff of office to HRH Eze Geoffrey Chiegene Anika by Gov Rochas Okorocha of the state.
Anika emerged after picking “Yes” when a lot was cast between two warring families laying claim to the stool. The first to pick was Mr. Josiah Okereke, son of the last occupant of the stool and he picked “No”.
While presenting the staff of office to Anika at the Imo International Conference Centre (IICC) Owerri in the presence of traditional rulers in Imo State, Community Government Council (CGC) officials, State Development Council (SDC) officials, top government functionaries, legal luminaries and other stakeholders, Gov. Okorocha regretted that Atta people allowed the tussle to linger for so long.
He called for lasting peace in the community. Speaking to Christian Voice, Eze Anika said that his emergence was divine and that he was out for reconciliation and unification in the community.
He expressed the will to adopt the title of Atta I of Atta, but after consultation with his people.
The late Eze Humphrey Okereke died 19 years ago, leading to court cases involving the late Eze’s family and that of late Nze Iwuala Njoku Ugwoeto.