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« on: December 16, 2017, 10:32:08 AM »
Koniju community in Okrika threatens to sue APC for ‘insulting’ Ateke Tom



Council of Chiefs from Koniju Town in Okrika Local Government Area of Rivers State has threatened to drag the All Progressives Congress in the state to court for allegedly insulting their monarch, His Royal Majesty, King Ateke Tom.

The chiefs demanded an apology from the state APC and its agents for purportedly denigrating and defaming the character of their monarch, who is a former Niger Delta agitator.

Chairman of the town’s Council of Chiefs, Chief Chris Opuayaraya, explained that his colleagues would allow the APC a reasonable length of time to apologise to the people of Okrika for insulting their traditional ruler.



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« Reply #1 on: December 16, 2017, 10:33:05 AM »
Opuayaraya claimed that a former deputy governorship candidate in the state, who led a recent pro-SARS protest in Port Harcourt, allowed youths to carry banners with an inscription; ‘Wike is making Criminals King’.

He explained that it was painful to observe that the banner where such statement was written had the photographs of King Ateke Tom and the state governor.

Opuayaraua warned that they would seek redress in court should the party fail to apologise and retract such statement without delay.

“As if that was not enough, the defeated deputy governorship candidate of APC in the 2015 election in Rivers State, Hon. Asita O. Asita’s speech was also heard on radio and corroborated with inscription on the flex banner.

“We, the Chiefs, elders and people of Okochiri Kingdom and indeed the entire Wakirike ethnic nationality wholly condemn in strongest terms the damaging, malicious, provocative and insulting inscription targeted to maligning and denting the hard-earned reputation of our monarch.

“We view the act as sacrilegious, inciting and intended to demean not only the image of our well respected traditional stool and its occupant, but also a great disrespect and disservice to the people of Okochiri Kingdom, who after a thorough selection, picked His Royal Majesty to ascend this exalted ancient throne,” he stated.

The Council of Chiefs, however, cautioned that the people would not allow any political party, community or organization to humiliate them or denigrate their traditional stool.

Reacting, a member of the APC Leadership Caucus in Omuma Local Government Area of Rivers State, Mr. Darlington Nwauju, said that though the chiefs were free to go to court to seek redress, they would not be able to prove that King Ateke Tom was being referred to as a criminal.


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« Reply #2 on: December 16, 2017, 10:33:42 AM »
Nwauju explained that the call by the Council of Chiefs for an apology was misplaced, saying, “The flex banners used that day never mentioned the name of Ateke Tom. It was an open ended stated statement. We are aware that there are several chiefs and kings in the state.

“Moereover, they cannot prove it in court that the banner referred to Ateke Tom. I hope they will not resort to self-help.”

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