Efforts have been intensified bysome well-meaning indigenes of Isseke town in Ihiala Local Government Area ofAnambra state, to resolve the protracted community disputes, even as a greater numbers of the indulgent actors in the lingering dispute insist on meeting certain conditions before the case would be finally withdrawn from court.
The matter which began as a minor feud over who was the authentic chairman of Edeke Village, between the subsisting occupant of the office and another man who was allegedly elected at the palace of the town’s monarch, who also hails from the village, has assumed dramatic dimension, with the matter being currently at Ihiala High court 1 ofAnambra State court of justice..
Recall that on Monday, 12, October 2020 when the case came up for hearing, the Court was filled to the brim by indigenes of the town.
Over 10 lawyers appearing for litigants on both sides of the disputes were all present as well as the partiesthemselves.
Though, the Traditional Ruler of Isseke, Igwe Emmanuel Nnabuife was conspicuously absent, members of the town’straditional cabinet were present, including those whose names were not on the writ of summons as defendants. The plaintiffs were also in attendance. Members of the executive committee of Isseke Progressive Union (IPU) were equally in the court.
Youths from the community also came to show solidarity with a side in the dispute who, they said, are being victimised by powers that be in Isseke.
Although the court adjourned the matter till December 1, for report of settlement, the three sides to the crisis are obviously sticking to their guns with none willing to concede any ground.
But the order adjourning the case was made following an application to that effect by Chief Chinonso Obiagwu(SAN) who appeared for 1st to 5th Defendants, including Igwe Nnabuife. The court made the order after counsel to parties gave their commitment to anamicable settlement.
Speaking to our correspondent afterthe court’s proceedings, the substantive Chairman of Edeke Village, Nze Victor Odini – who alongside Mr. Chris Okoye sued Igwe Nnabuife, Simon Ezike, Matthew Mgbeodike and three others before the court granted an order of joinder that was sought by yet another group as second set of defendants – said that any settlement that would not allow him to finish his tenure may not be acceptableto his people.
Nze Odini said what is happening in Isseke is a insensitive show of power by those who think they can do anythingand go go unhurt.