7-man Independent Truth and Reconciliation C’tee Established Amidst Obong of Calabar Succession Dispute

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CalabarFollowing the recent Supreme Court judgment and Cross River State Government’s affirming Edidem Ekpo Okon Abasi Otu V as the Obong of Calabar, the monarch announced on Thursday the formation of an Independent Truth and Reconciliation Committee. This significant step aims to address the longstanding dispute surrounding the throne of the revered Obong of Calabar NEGROIDHAVEN has learnt.

His Eminence, E Abasi Otu V, has appointed seven distinguished personalities to the committee, each known for their integrity and commitment to the community. The committee is chaired by Hon. Justice Michael Edem, the retired Chief Judge of Cross River state.

Other notable members include His Excellency, Mr. Effiok Cobham, former Deputy Governor of Cross River State, High Chief Professor Eyo Etim Nyong, a former Commissioner, University Professor and Consultant, Mrs. RoseMary Effiom Archibong Esq who is a Former Commissioner and Seasoned Administrator, Reverend Ubong E. Eyo, PhD who is a Serving Reverend of the Presbyterian Church, Reverend Father Emmanuel Orok Duke (Serving Reverend Father of the Catholic Church) and AIG E. Ene Okon, retired Assistant Inspector General of Police.

The committee’s primary focus is to establish the truth and facilitate reconciliation among the parties involved in the succession dispute. Importantly, it is clarified that the committee is not mandated to conduct a judicial review of the Supreme Court’s judgment or adjudicate on the dispute. Instead, it will operate independently, impartially, and with the utmost respect for the culture and traditions of the Efik people.

The terms of reference underscore the commitment to fostering reconciliation, aligning with the Governor of Cross River State’s affirmation of Edidem Ekpo Okon Abasi Otu V as the Obong of Calabar. The monarch, through the committee, extends an olive branch to all involved parties, urging them to leverage this platform for reconciliation.

The distinguished committee members have graciously accepted their roles and responsibilities, ready to commence their work in a confidential and unbiased manner. Their collective aim is to create a conducive environment for healing and unity within the Efik Kingdom.

HRH Etinyin Ekpo O. Archibong, Secretary of Etuboms’ Traditional Council, representing the Palace of the Obong of Calabar, reiterated the commitment to the well-being and unity of the Efik Kingdom. The palace calls on all parties to embrace this opportunity for reconciliation.

Archibong further noted that, “The Governor of Cross River State has affirmed the recognition of Edidem Ekpo Okon Abasi Otu V as the Obong of Calabar, emphasizing the importance of peace and reconciliation. The Obong of Calabar, through the distinguished members of this committee, extends an olive branch to all individuals involved, urging them to take advantage of this platform for reconciliation. It is our sincere hope that this committee will provide a conducive environment for healing and unity within the Efik Kingdom.”

As the committee prepares to embark on its mission, the Efik Kingdom watches with anticipation, hopeful for a resolution that will strengthen unity and preserve the rich cultural heritage of Calabar.