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Hold Eboh responsible for any breakdown of law, order—Okumagba
By John Oburhie
CHIEF Gideon Okumagba has urged the Delta State Government to hold Chief Wilson Eboh responsible should there be any break down of law and order in Okere Urhobo Kingdom Warri, as a result of his actions and unnecessary interference in the affairs of the Kingdom.
Chief Okumagba, at a press briefing in Warri, while reacting to a statement credited to Chief Wilson Eboh in the media expressed dismayed that Chief Eboh was arrogating too much powers to himself than he has based on the tradition of the Kingdom.
Giving an instance, he said the announcement of the passing on of HRM Prof Paul Okumagba, Idama 1 by Chief Wilson Eboh was a breach of Okere Urhobo Custom and tradition.
Chief Okumagba said that the Otota’s actions were not in the interest of kingdom and added that he ought to have consulted all community leaders of the Kingdom, heads of the three ruling houses and get clearance from the Okpako Orere (eldest man of the kingdom) who must be a male child and after three months of mourning before proceeding with the announcement.
He said it is a taboo against, not only the custom and tradition of Okere Urhobo Kingdom but also, the entire Urhobo nation for the demise of a monarch to be announced when the 90 day mourning has not be concluded.
He also reacted sharply that: ” There is nothing like statutory kingmakers in Okere Urhobo Kingdom,” rather, “what we have is the heads of the three ruling houses and the Okpako Orere. man.
“Before the announcement you have to consult the community leaders. Heads of the ruling houses and the Okpako Orere who will be in charge of affairs of the kingdom until a new King is crowned. He is the person who can also order the Otota to make such announcement. The Otota has no power or authority of his own to do so”
He added that it is even more disheartening that those claiming to be ” statutory kingmakers are from female descendants,” explaining that situations where offsprings of female descendants hijacked the process in the past without consulting the elders, heads of the three ruling houses and the Okpako Orere of the kingdom angered their ancestors who all have a role to play by giving their blessings to anybody who is supposed to be king.
Chief Okumagba said his call became necessary to avert further confusion in the kingdom. He stressed that for the past 27 years now the system has been hijacked without due process being followed in the selection and nomination of Oroseun (King) thereby leading to untimely deaths of about three monarchs and those who crowned them.
“That is why we are calling on the Delta State Government to set up a committee to look into this issue rather than allowing some people to stampede them again.
“They should call Chief Wilson Eboh to order and advise him to listen to voice of reason and consult with leaders of the community, heads of the ruling houses and the Okpako Orere of the kingdom before any further step is taken. As far as we are concerned Chief Barrister Christopher Okumagba who was duly nominated and selected in 2018 as Oroseun should come on board after our mourning period.”
Since according to him HRM Barrister Christopher Okumagba was duly nominated and selected as the Oroseun ( King) by two of the three ruling houses in a process in which Chief Wilson Eboh allegedly participated.