Court Stops Igbo New Yam Festival in Kano

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A Kano has stopped the celebration this year’s New Yam Festival by living .

The celebration was put on hold until the hearing the substantive motion before it.

The presided by Justice Farouk Lawan Adamu, stopped the from performing the New Yam Festival (Iwaji 2020) rituals scheduled to hold on Sunday (tomorrow) Kano.

The court, Suit No. K/322/2020, also restrained one Ikechukwu Oliver Akpudo from organising, assembling people and celebrating the Iwaji or any festival that has to do with living Kano.

Justice Adamu directed the Commissioner Police, Habu Sani, to ensure Akpudo, other Igbo natives and the general comply with the court order.

“Order of interim injunction is hereby retraining the defendant (Akpudo), whether by himself, through any of his agents, servants, successors or privies, from presiding , supervising, convening, assembling, summoning, celebrating, organising and partaking in a New Yam Festival (Iwaji Festival 2020) scheduled to hold on Sunday, September 27, 2020,” the court said.

The court further stopped Akpudo from carrying out any event or other occasions whatsoever pertaining to Igbos in , pending hearing and determination of the Motion on Notice filed by Igwe Boniface. The court fixed October 7 for hearing.

Meanwhile, the Igbo traditional ruler in Kano, His Highness Igwe (Dr.) Boniface Ibekwe Ide I, Ezedioranma IV, has hailed the court’s verdict.

Dr. Boniface, who is also -General of Igbo in the , said that Akpudo has been parading himself as the Igwe V of the Ndigbo in Kano.

It was gathered that Boniface is also recognised by the Abdullahi Ganduje administration as the authentic traditional ruler of the Ndigbo in Kano State.

“The court had initially restrained Akpudo and asked him to pay me the sum of N2 , as damages, for disturbing me on the throne. He has paid the money, yet, he went ahead to invite people for an Igbo New Yam Festival.

“He also wrote letters to prominent Igbo personalities promising to give them chieftaincy titles during his purported event. So, I and my cabinet members, as law-abiding citizens, had to go to court to stop him.

“How can someone wakes up suddenly and begins to parade himself as my successor when I am still alive, still on the throne and performing my duties diligently as the authentic Eze Indigbo in Kano?,” Dr. Boniface who has been on the throne for 10 years queried.

The Igbo monarch appealed to the Igbos in Kano to be calm, that the New Yam Festival (Iwaji) be celebrated at an appropriate time in accordance with the Igbo tradition.