Wonder shall never end…A vulture has delivered a letter to a village head, in Iba Oku, in Uyo Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom, Eteidung Gabriel Mbeka asking him to quite his throne.
The Nation reports that the embattled monarch has cried out for help, alleging that his throne and his life were being threatened by “sinister forces.”
Speaking to the newspaper, the monarch accused the Clan Head of Oku, Etebom Enefiok Okpon, of alleging sinister plot to dethrone him “because he wants to turn my domain into his vassal province.”
He said, “Since I was given the staff of office in 2012, as the Village Head of Iba Oku, I have been having a running battle with my Clan Head, Etebom Okpon, who insisted he must also control my domain and collect revenues.
“When I could not yield to his request, he resorted to using traditional invocations to eliminate me. They sent vulture to deliver a letter, asking me to quit the throne. I was scared and had to escape from my palace for several months.
“Since that period, I have been totally deprived of my powers to function effectively as the traditional ruler of my community.
“The Clan Head denied me the powers to hold court with my people by sealing off the Village Council Hall, forcing me to attend to me people in the primary school and my palace.
“Hoodlums also invaded my palace and seized my royal regalia and other paraphernalia of officer; just make me ordinary as a traditional ruler.
“When all these actions failed, he started sending threat messages that I would be eliminated if I fail to cooperate with him to sell government’s land and share the proceeds with him.
“Recently, he sent one of his personal Assistant (PA) to come to my area and enquire concerning my personal details as well as my daily routines. But he did not know that one of those he enquired from is my loyal subject.
“I reported the case to the police and later charged it to Court, but up till now, it is regrettable that matters concerning my life cannot be allowed to go to court for redress because of interventions by politicians for their personal interests”, he lamented.