Igbo New Yam Festival in Kano state: Court Orders To Stop

Breaking the cord and respect of culture, a High Court sitting in Kano State stopped Ndigbo from performing the New Yam festival in the state.

This was due to a misunderstanding that ensued amongst the Igbos living in Kano State.

The New Yam Festival which was supposed to hold on Sunday was put on hold as the High Court issued an ex parte motion, stopping the activities until the hearing of the substantive motion before it.

The High Court, presided by Justice Farouk Lawan Adamu, restricted Mr Ikechukwu Oliver Akpudo (who has been parading himself as king of Ndigbo in Kano state) from organising, assembling people and celebrating the Iwaji or any festival that has to do with Ndigbo living in Kano.

“Order of interim injunction is hereby retraining the defendant (Akpudo), whether by himself, through any of his agents, servants, successors or privies, from presiding over, supervising, convening, assembling, summoning, celebrating, organising and partaking in a New Yam Festival (Iwaji Festival 2020) scheduled to hold on Sunday, September 27, 2020,” the court said.

Meanwhile, the Igbo traditional ruler in Kano, His Highness Igwe (Dr.) Boniface Ibekwe Ide I, Ezedioranma IV, has appreciated the high court’s verdict to stop Akpudo from his actions.

“The court had initially restrained Akpudo and asked him to pay me the sum of N2 million, as damages, for disturbing me on the throne. He has not paid the money, yet, he went ahead to invite people for an Igbo New Yam Festival.




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