Attah Ameh Oboni, a revered Igala King, etched his name in history with a tale of defiance and tragic choices, culminating in a life-altering decision.

Due to Attah Ameh was becoming more difficult to govern and unruly than earlier kings, the queen of England was also not happy, so she and the other northern leaders began looking for a means to remove him from the throne and choose an obedient successor.

During a pivotal meeting in Kaduna, attended by all paramount traditional rulers in Nigeria and the Queen of England, Attah Ameh was asked to remove his cap in the customary greeting of the Queen. His steadfast refusal, unlike others, marked a deviation from the norm, setting the stage for a remarkable sequence of events.

In an unconventional move, Attah removed his cap, unleashing a swarm of bees that had taken residence within it. The ensuing chaos saw the Queen and fellow rulers fleeing the hall, stung by the unexpected attack, leaving the meeting abruptly concluded.

Amidst attempts to handcuff and arrest him, Attah displayed an uncanny resilience. Despite being locked in a room by Northern rulers, he mysteriously vanished, reappearing later in his car. His escape plan, guided by a cool breeze felt by his driver, Amanabo, left the security personnel confounded.

The incident provoked the ire of traditional rulers, especially those from the North, leading to an intensified search for a replacement for the seemingly uncontrollable Attah.

As the saga unfolded, internal enemies sought evidence, true or false, to oust Attah from the throne. False accusations of human sacrifice during the Ocho festivals formed the basis of a petition sent to the Queen and Northern leaders, initiating Attah’s planned dethronement.

The banning of all Igala cultural festivals, including Ocho, ensued for almost 63 years, a prohibition lifted by Governor Yahaya Bello based on the present Attah Igala’s appeal.

Amidst these trials, Attah made pronouncements before his death, foreseeing the consequences for those who orchestrated his downfall. The subsequent events, including the drying up of a hand and the triple burial of the leader of the petitioners, seemingly validated his prophetic words.

In a dramatic turn, faced with impending dethronement, Attah chose to end his life in Dekina, uttering predictions about the town’s fate and the unity of the Igala people, foretelling a period of disunity until the reign of his blood (son) as Attah.

The ongoing reconnection and reunification of Igala people under the reign of his son, Agabaidu Idakwo Ameh Oboni II, attest to the enduring impact of Attah Ameh Oboni’s story, a narrative woven with threads of defiance, tragedy, and prophetic foresight.


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