IDUMUJE UGBOKO CRISIS: HOW NONSO NWOKO FAILED TO EMBRACE PEACE.
It was peace time on Tuesday for Prince Ned Nwoko, Idumuje- Ugboko illustrious son as he led thousands of well wishers to the royal palace.
It was an unusual mission by Ned Nwoko as he moved to seek truce in the face of protracted family dispute with claimant to the Idumuje Ugboko throne prince Nonso Nwoko.
Some key chiefs on the entourage of Ned Nwoko, including the Iyase of Idumuje Ugboko kingdom, Chief Chris Ogwu, odogwu and Ezedibie were visiting the palace for the first time in 3 years!
The timing was spectacular. Independence day.
An exodus of men, women and youths had emptied from all quarters of the community and massed everywhere in the expansive palace dancing on the behest of Ned Nwoko.
At the royal courtyard Ned sat,amongst the massive crowd flanked by his young wife Regina waiting in anticipation of the peace process ,
The meeting was the brainchild of a peace committee under the auspicies of Idumuje Ugboko development union IUDU ,but encouraged majorly by the women who turned out to help midwife peace in their ancestral home .
For Ned and his team ,it was a beautiful day.
They waited .They waited for about one hour fifty minutes.
Tension gradually enveloped the crowd.
Then an emissary emerged to announce that Nonso would not come out. The messenger directed that instead 5 people, should accompany Ned to have a first encounter with the host after which two of them would come out together to meet the people waiting in the palace ground.
Then Ned followed by close associates walked inside the chambers of the palace to meet his cousin Nonso Nwoko.
They were led to where Nonso was sitted with at least 20 others including some members of the family and the women peace committee leader.
But in a dramatic twist, Ned stormed out of the inner abode of the palace with his team less than five minutes after they went in, amidst tight security.
A privileged source revealed that their host could not welcome them, compelling Ned to take exit.
According to the witness, Ned and his aides were ordered by Nonso to go into an enclave called UNO IZU, where a traditional priest was sighted performing fetish rituals. Ned declined and beat a retreat.
An account told by cronies of Nonso however said Ned was denied access because he besieged the inner chambers of the palace with some uninvited aides. A claim dismissed as totally false by an elderly source at the botched meeting .
The eye witness explained:
” The palace encounter was a sad scenario . Why did Nonso keep Ned and the huge crowd waiting for two hours if he truly wanted peace? He refused to come out and left the people in the scorching sun.
.He failed to admit that the meeting was scheduled for the open ogwa ( palace courtyard) not opaque UNO IZU. Nonso in shocking animosity asked Ned to leave the place where he was sitting even he was persuaded to go in and meet him there in the first place. What happened was unprovoked and unnecessary. Ned came prepared for peace. Nonso by his mindset would have nothing of such. How can a man seek crown and despise peace? ”
General expectation was that the Independence day peace meeting at Idumuje Ugboko would have ushered a new dawn in the agrarian community.
Some prominent Kings in Delta North are said to be unhappy with the failed meeting between Ned and Nonso, wondering why Nonso could not give peace a chance.
According to a reliable source, on the eve of the meeting Nonso had suddenly called it off but the women massively threatened that he will be alone if he continues to be hostile and unreasonable. A lady ,Mrs omezi who is the anchor for the meeting was seen dejected and frustrated. Nonso is said to have frustrated previous meetings scheduled in the palace of the obi of Idumuje unor and with his family members in asaba. He reportedly scorned the efforts by not attending.
It would be recalled that Idumuje Ugboko, an agrarian settlement in Aniocha North local government area of Delta state had been entrapped in bloody communal crisis since 2017.
The cause of the feud – Who between Prince Justin Nonso Nwoko, the eldest surviving son of the late King Obi Albert Nwoko III, and his younger half brother, 18-year old Prince Uche Nwoko, is the rightful occupant of the ancient chieftaincy stool.
There is another claimant to the throne who is also in court. He is prince solomon Nwabuokei a Cousin of the Nwoko royal family.
Ned Nwoko do not want to be the future king of Idumuje Ugboko. He seeks due process in the coronation of a new obi,being a princely stakeholder.
A close aide said the events of October 1st had not dampened Ned Nwoko but deepened his quest for peace in the royal house of his forebears.