Cross River Traditional Rulers Sanctions Ex AIG Njar Egbe Njom, Oscar Obi Nfuka, Asu Ndep, Others
The Etung traditional Rulers' Council in Etung local government of Cross River has sanctioned their eering sons for gross misconduct.
Etung local government area is predominantly cocoa producing communities with a turnover of about ...tons of cocoa yearly. Hence the formation of Cocoa Landlords Communities Committee in Etung. The committee is charged with representing the overall interest of the cocoa host Communities in all matters relating to revenue collection and others.
In July this year, the Communities, represented by their traditional rulers, revoked the power of attorney they donated to Etung Cocoa Estate Landlords Committee, chaired by Late Hon. Ata O. Tangban. The Committee was deposed because it was not forthcoming with the expected goals that established it.
Thereafter, they resolved in the same month of July, 2021 to appoint a new set of members of the Committee, chaired by AIG Mbu J. Mbu. The new members were mandated to ensure a better and quality representation of the communities and engage the government to pay areers of cocoa revenue owed to the communities.
Suddenly, Ex AIG Njar Egbe Njom gathered some dissident members of the dissolved committee and challenged the decision of Etung traditional rulers for revoking the power of attorney. They filed a lawsuit challenging the decision of the royal fathers.
However the former Chairman, before his death wrote to the Court, disassociating himself from the the lawsuit and so did other three members, Mr Paul Manyo, Mr Eugene Achima Ntui and Mr Patrick Ita Nji distanced themselves from the obnoxious lawsuit.
Three members of the former committee: AIG Njar Egbe Njom (Rtd.), Mbek Tangban and Asu Ndep insisted on desecrating the traditional rulers' decision. The traditional rulers severally invited the dissidents for a peaceful resolution of the impasse but they snubbed them.
On 25th November, 2021, the Etung traditional Rulers' Council met and among other deliberations, sanctioned the erring persons. Same sanction was extended to Oscar Obi Ofuka, the SA to Gov. Ben Ayade on Cocoa, also an Etung indigene.
Attached below are documents of the declaration of sanctions against the rebels: