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Man ‘Buried Alive’ Resurfaces, Confronts Brother At Anambra Assembly

Chief Olisa Igbonwa, who was reportedly buried alive in Alor, Idemili South Local Government Area, in 2022 by his relatives, made a startling comeback last week before the Anambra State House of Assembly.

He confronted his older brother, Chief Uzoma Igbonwa, which caused a major ruckus among legislators and assembly employees.

The House member who locked the assembly complex’s gate to keep outsiders from observing the unexpected encounter between the two brothers took the assembly by surprise.

Two years ago, Olisa Igbonwa, who was thought to be dead after a ritualistic burial arranged by his relatives, accused his older brother of planning the burial and hiding property records that belonged to their late father.

The dispute, which stemmed from an inheritance dispute within the family and an unpaid debt of $45,000 that Olisa supposedly gave to his brother while he was in Switzerland, transpired in the context of a summons issued by the House committee on public petitions.

To exacerbate the Igweship situation in Alor, the community was summoned to testify before the committee over a petition against Igwe Mac Anthony Okonkwo, the town’s traditional ruler.

The elder Igbonwa was taken aback by his brother’s unexpected entrance and became the focus of accusations over the protracted Alor leadership conflict.

A rival traditional ruler had emerged as a result of the quarrel, and Olisa’s brother was charged with making things worse.

At the assembly, where he had filed a petition against the traditional ruler regarding the ten-year conflict, Olisa’s brother alleged that Igwe Mac-Anthony Okonkwo had hired goons to attack him.

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The appeal against Igwe Mac-Anthony Okonkwo was denied by the Anambra State House of legislative, which urged the public to stop spreading rumors in spite of the mayhem and grave accusations that were being made inside the legislative building.

The episode highlights the long-standing familial and community tensions in Alor, which are further accentuated by the divisive topic of traditional rulership. This is Olisa Igbonwa’s first public appearance since his purported ceremonial burial.

“It was, therefore, not surprising that the two brothers supported opposing candidates when the Igweship tussle reared its head in Alor,” a community member stated.

“In September 2023, the same group of people, led by Olisa’s brother and his anointed President General, sent a letter to the Anambra State Attorney General, claiming that Igwe Mac-Anthony Okonkwo had been sacked by the courts and should not be allowed to perform the annual New Yam Festival of the town.

”It took a strongly worded letter from Dr. Onyechi Ikpeazu, SAN, Igwe Mac-Anthony’s lawyer, who promptly wrote the Anambra Attorney General to clear the air concerning the fictitious and deceptive petition.

“The Alor Peace and Reconciliation Committee, set up to mediate in the decade-long crisis in the community, indicted the Igbonwa-led group for rejecting the harmonized and consensus selection done in February 2022, which was supervised by the Anambra State Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, which was supposed to bring peace to the town.”



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