Enugu govt, Ogbodu Aba community ban Akatakpa masquerades


.. .As Rev. Father loses eye to Oriokpa masquerade at Nsukka The activities of the notorious Akatakpa masquerades in Ogbodu-Aba, Udenu Local Government Area of Enugu State, have been unanimously banned with immediate effect, following a meeting between Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, the traditional ruler and other stakeholders of the community, Monday at the Government House, Enugu. In the neighbouring Nsukka Local Government, the activities of Oriokpa masquerades had become a source of worry, especially to the Catholic church due to their brutality on commuters, especially the church faithful. Last year, a Reverend Father lost one of eyes to Oriokpa. The church spent over N5 million to fix the Reverend Father:s damaged eye. However, the meeting which was convened by the Gov. Ugwuanyi, in a bid to resolve all lingering issues in the community following the election of the traditional ruler, HRH Igwe Peter Ejeh, in 2008. The outcome of the meeting, as announced by the Permanent Secretary and Chief Administrative Officer to the Governor, Mr Emma Ugwu, showed that “all warring factions in Ogbodu-Aba community have agreed to work together, withdraw all court matters and support their traditional ruler, HRH Igwe Peter Ejeh, in the spirit of peace and reconciliation, after eleven years of misunderstanding.” According to Ugwu, “the activities of ‘Akatakpa’ masquerades in Ogbodu-Aba were reviewed at the meeting, it was unanimously agreed that the masquerades be banned in the community with immediate effect.”

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