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Ohanaeze crisis deepens as splinter group’s leader alleges threat to life

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The last may not have been heard on the Ohanaeze Ndigbo leadership crisis, as the new President-General of the Ohanaeze Ndigbo General Assembly (ONGA), Basil Onyeachonam Onuorah, yesterday, alleged threats to his life.

National leadership of the apex Igbo socio-cultural organisation under Chief Nnia Nwodo had been enmeshed in media war over its credibility, resulting in the recent registration and withdrawal of ONGA’s certificate of registration by the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC), which the commission said was issued in error.

But Onuorah had threatened to institute an N500b suit against the commission, insisting that he remained the President General of the group on account of the registration, only to alleged threat to his life 48 hours after.

In petitions addressed to the Director-General of the Department of State Services (DSS), Inspector General of Police (IGP) and National Security Adviser (NSA) through his lawyer, Odikpo Ekwenze, he said the CAC should be investigated.

The petition was also sent to the Attorney General of the Federation, Chairman, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and Chairman, National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), among others.

We call on the Director-General of DSS to investigate the ongoing sharp practices at the CAC, threats to Basil Onyeachonam Onuorah’s life and invite a principal suspect, Chief John for questioning.

“We, hereby, give you one-month pre-action and demand notice to rescind your decision on the above subject matter and apologise to our client.

“We demand strict and swift compliance to the above pre-action and demand notice to avoid the inescapable public interest and embarrassing legal action, as we may commence an aggressive and accelerated legal action against the CAC, which may also include damages of up to N500b,” the petitions read.

It added that in the event of CAC’s failure to meet the demands within the reasonable time frame, it would approach the court to seek redress, which would include, but not limited to a declaration that the withdrawal of its certificate was illegal, null and void.

Meanwhile, President General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chief John Nnia Nwodo, commiserated with Imo people and the family of an elderly man from Agwa in Oguta Council Area, who was murdered by a Fulani herdsman a few days ago.

Nwodo, who stated this during his first visit to Uzodimma, urged the state government and governors of the South East region to secure the lives and property of their people.


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