-HOW HRH DISRAEL GBOBO BOBMANUEL WAS SUSPENDED FROM HIS STOOL AS HIGH CHIEF O.B LULU-BRIGGS BECOMES REGENT AMANYANABO OF ABONNEMA.
The ancient City of Abonnema in Akuku Toru Local Government Area of Rivers state is currently experiencing disquiet among the subjects of the Abonnema kingdom as O.B LULU-BRIGGS BECOMES REGENT AMANYANABO. This is coming on the heels of allegation of witchcraft being leveled against His Royal Highness-HRH Disrael Gbobo Bobmanuel. Since this allegation was made public the traditional Ruler has being most disturbed especially when the Ekine Sekiapu society of Abonnema had asked him to embark on a self-cleansing exercise so as to prove his innocence of the witchcraft allegation of which he declined. Instead he challenged the group of Ekine Sekiapu in the court of Degema with case suit. No. DHC/10/2017 titled HRM DISRAEL GBOBO BOB MANUEL (II) V. CHIEF PRECIOUS ELEKIMA & ORS seeking relief for the enforcement of his Fundamental human rights. Again he sought for a declaration amongst others that “the decision reached by the Ekine Sekiapu society of Abonnema through the respondents in the said Suit on the 4th January, 2017 is ultra vires, null and void as the Respondents or their Ekine Sekiapu society are not lawfully clothed with authority to pronounce on or make decision on the basis of a court of competent jurisdiction in Suit No: DHC/30/2016”. It was further gathered that his effort to quash the decision of Ekine Sekiapu society failed at Degema High Court was unsuccessful and on Thursday 16th of November 2017 he was asked by the court to pay to the respondents for the cost of their legal services.
The quest to enthrone nobility and integrity in the Abonnema Council of Chiefs about eleven incumbent members of the Founding Fathers of the Ancient City of Abonnema in a public paid announcement published a declaration thus “On the basis of the decision of the High Court handed on Thursday the 16th day of November 2017 and the need to maintain the integrity of Abonnema Council of Chiefs, and having exhaustively deliberated the issues surrounding the allegation of witchcraft against you, we the undersigned, representing a majority of the incumbents on the 11(eleven) founding fathers of Abonnema DO HEREBY give notice to you that you are SUSPENDED forthwith as chairman, Abonnema Council of Chiefs unless and until you perform the Self cleansing exercise and in the manner prescribed by the Ekine Sekiapu Society of Abonnema.”
This shocking revelation was handed over to the embattled monarch in an open Letter written by United Founding Fathers of Abonnema titled “NOTICE OF SUSPENSION”. This group went on to inform him that “Consequently upon the foregoing suspension, HIGH CHIEF (DR) O.B LULU-BRIGGS, OON is HEREBY appointed REGENT/CHAIRMAN Abonnema Council of Chiefs to oversee the affairs of the Abonnema Council of Chiefs until the issues surrounding the allegations are fully resolved”.
The well publicized document was signed by very high profile Chiefs such as Alabo T.O.Graham-Douglas, OFR, Chief Enoch F. Granville, Chief Edmund Kio Young Jack, Chief Berembo E.K Pedro, Alabo Anthony Gibson Oweredaba, Chief (Navy Capt.) A.B Ajumogobia and Chief(DR.) M.T Membere.
It is on record that HRM Disrael Gbobo Bonmanuel is the Head of Owukori (Manuel) House of Abonema which entitled him to preside over the affairs of Abonnema Council of Chiefs as well as Amanyanabo of Abonnema. He is said to have been having a running battle since he was crowned and subsequently made a First Class king by Rivers State Governor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike. The Ekine Sekiapu society of Abonnema is in no measure retreating in their demand as Abonnema tradition requires that the king must obeyed them or abdicate from his throne from which he stands suspended and which may be followed with dethronement.