These are not the best of times for the monarchy in Calabar and the reason is simple. Just like it happened two months ago when the Court of Appeal, sitting in Calabar sacked the Obong of Calabar though he was subsequently re-installed by the king makers, His Majesty, Muri Munene Effiong Okokon Mbukpa, the Muri Munene of Efut Nation was this afternoon sacked by the Calabar High Court presided over by Justice Elias Abua, in a two hour ruling.
Mbukpa, the court said, failed to submit himself to another selection process as ordered by the Cross River State Government on 21st September 2012.
According to Justice Abua’s ruling, “By the Traditional Rulers Law of Cross River State, a person can only lay claim to being a chief, paramount ruler or king after being given a staff of office by the state and if somebody fails to comply with the directives of the State, the selection of such a person cannot be upheld”. Continuing, the Judge added that, “the first selection conducted was not the selection proper…” and the state government has a duty to intervene in the dispute in Efut land by directing that another selection process be put in place. It was the latter process thjat Mbukpa failed to attend and therefore his request to have the selection process quashed was not granted.
Recall that, Mbukpa, had in September 2012 sought an order in the High Court, Calabar, seeking to quash government’s decision to conduct another selection process after he had been selected by the Efut Combined Assembly.
“It was a fairly long judgment and we have to study it to know the next line of action to take; this is just the first step and we have the Appellate and Supreme Courts; it is after we have studied the judgment that we can say if the judge erred on point of Law”, Nkanta Nkanta, Mbukpa’s counsel said while promising to study the judgment.
Mbukpa was violently sacked from the palace by people suspected to be hired thugs and the palace was thereafter locked.
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