Imo youths, numbering over 200, on Tuesday reportedly set ablaze the palace of Eze Edwin Mbaeyi, the traditional ruler of Obollo Autonomous community.
A source in the community, who simply identified himself as Collins, said the youths carried out the said action over the refusal of the monarch to coronate one Chief Chijioke Njokuocha as the traditional prime minister of the community after the death of his father, Chief Samuel Njokuocha.
According to the source, the monarch’s preference for one Chief Jasper Nwachukwu angered the youths who had gathered to witness the coronation of Chief Njkuocha.
Our traditional ruler has insisted on making Chief Jasper Nwachukwu our traditional Prime Minister as against the rightful owner. The position of the prime minister in our community is hereditary.
After the death of our prime minister, Chief Samuel Njokuocha, our custom, and tradition demand that his first son, Chijioku Njokuocha, should be coronated.
It was gathered that the issue started in 2016 and the traditional ruler has remained adamant on having his way.
Even the office of the governor on conflict resolution had mandated him to coronate the rightful person but he vehemently refused.
After much persuasion, he agreed to do the coronation today (Tuesday) after he had boycotted it one month ago.
However, to the surprise of the excited crowd who had gathered to witness the ceremony, the monarch once again refused the coronation. The youths were embittered. They had no other option than to set the palace ablaze after the monarch had fled.