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Ezinihitte Mbaise monarchs suspend Oji Ezinihitte festival

Late Eze Joe Ochulor | File Photo

Amumara will host on January 1, 2025

By Valentine Amanze

The Ezinihitte Mbaise Council of Traditional Rulers has suspended the annual Oji Ezinihitte Festival (traditional kola festival), scheduled to hold in Amumara on January 1, 2024.

This followed the kidnap and murder of Otulu Amumara monarch, Eze Joe Benz Ochulor, recently by yet to be identified criminals.

The Chairman, Ezinihitte Council of Traditional Rulers, and Umara lll of Adakam Amumara,

Also read: Police confirm murder of two officers, monarch in Imo

Eze Ositadinma B. Nwokocha, confirmed the suspension of the festival in a statement issued on Thursday.

He assured that Amumara would also host the festival on January 1, 2025.

In a statement titled, “Clarification from Umura III of Adakam Amumara on the issue of suspension of Oji Ezinihitte Festival,” Eze Nwokocha regretted the inconviniences the suspension would cause the people.

His words: “I thought my initial message was very clear; but I have been informed that some people are asking for further clarification on what is meant by “Suspension of the Oji”.

“It means that the Oji Festival will not hold on 1st of January 2024. Since it is celebrated on the first day of the year, and by the decision of Ezinihitte  Mbaise Council of Traditional Rulers,  Amumara will host on 1st January 2025,

The inconveniences are highly regretted.”

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