By NBF News

A Kano High Court on Tuesday restrained one of the factional leaders of the Igbos in the state, Chief Boniface Ibekwe, from parading himself as Eze Ndigbo of Kano.

The Igbo leadership in the state is factionalised.

Justice Amina Aliyu in a ruling on a motion filed by another Igbo leader, Nze J.C Nnaji (Onye Ndu Ndigbo) and 10 others, gave the order.

The plaintiffs had asked the court to restrain the defendant from 'parading himself, claiming, interfering with or in any way expropriating to himself the title of Eze Ndigbo Kano.'

Justice Aliyu stopped Ibekwe from appropriating the role of traditional head/ruler of the Igbo community in Kano or performing the functions of that office pending the determination of the substantive suit.

Nnaji in the writ of summons filed by his counsel, Tajudeen Funsho, is also seeking the court order to declare him the rightful and authentic traditional head of the Igbo community in Kano.

He said he was duly appointed and formally installed as such on October 30, 2010 following the approval, confirmation and installation by the South-East Council of Traditional Rulers and that he received the blessing of the Emir of Kano, Alhaji Ado Bayero.