By CrossRiverWatch admin
The Palace of the Paramount Ruler of Calabar South and King of the Efut Nation located at Anantigha has been forcefully opened and traditional rites carried out by some Chiefs and youths (names withheld).
The Palace which has been under lock and key since 2012 following the Kingship tussle between the then crowned occupant, His Royal Majesty Muri Munene Effiong Mbukpa and Professor Hogan Ita CrossRiverWatch findings reveal was forcefully opened over the weekend by some youths under the leadership of some Chiefs of Efut and Efik origin.
According to impeccable sources, the youths broke the padlock on the gate placed by the State Government and gained entrance into the Palace then other rooms within.
The impeccable sources went on to reveal that, “They said they want to clear the place because it has been overtaken by weeds, in the process an Efik Chief poured libation on behalf of the Efuts which is wrong, only an Efut man can do that and same in the Efik kingdom, no Efut man will pour libation there”.
The Secretary General of the Efut Combined Assembly, a body responsible for crowning the monarchs of Calabar South and Efut Nation, His Royal Highness, Ndabu Godwin Bassey when contacted by CrossRiverWatch said the assembly took no part in the process.
“There is a pending court case to the tussle and the place was locked by the government. Only they can open it and they did not, we as an assembly have no hand there and come to think of it how can an Efik man pour libation for Efuts” he queried.
Continuing he said, “We have reported the matter to the police and the State Security Adviser who went there, cleared the place and locked it back, as far as we are concerned as the body who crowns the King, His Royal Highness Muri Munene Efiong Mbukpa remains our King”.
As at press time, efforts to verify unconfirmed information that those behind the act were in support of Professor Hogan Ita from himself as well as the State Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Helen Ugbo and the State Security Adviser, Jude Ngaji to comment on the issue was proved futile.
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