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Okere Urhobo Orosuenship: No place for Regent —Okumagba
By Ese Adagbra
A community leader in Okere Urhobo Kingdom, Warri South local government area of Delta State, Chief Gideon Okumagba has said that there is no provision for regency in the traditional stool of Okere Urhobo Kingdom.
According to him “There is nothing like ‘Regent’ in the custom and tradition of Okere Urhobo Kingdom, and there are also no relevant documents relating to regency in the traditional stool of the kingdom”
Okumagba who addressed newsmen in Warri recently, while reacting to a media publication os September 5, 2019 where Mr V. E Otomiewo, acting as solicitor to Chief Wilson Eboh and others threatened and demanded an apology from heads of the three ruling houses of Okere Urhobo Kingdom within seven days, said that, the elders are prepared for peace based on justice by doing what is right except for Chief Wilson Eboh.
He stated further that, the position of the elders which is based on justice is clear and has been made known to Urhobo traditional rulers and other Nigerians who have intervened for the peace and progress of the kingdom.
He maintained that, the letter by the heads of the three ruling houses stated the facts and their positions as it affect the Orosuenship was in order, adding that “The media report by Chief Wilson Eboh of July 20, 2019 where he said he is going to install a new Orosuen by October 2019 is subjudice, because there are two cases pending in High Court Warri and Court of Appeal Benin City.
He said that, the elders are physically and mentally fit and equipped to defend themselves and their people in court in the advent of any litigation, stressing that “Those who the letter are against dare not come out since they know their position in the kingdom, and are the one at fault and liable for contempt”
He therefore called on the Delt State governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa to set up a panel of inquiry into the Okere Urhobo kingship tussle, adding that, the panel of inquiry will look into all the facts and relevant documents relating to the people, custom, tradition and the process of installing an Orosuen in Okere Urhobo kingdom by coming out with a comprehensive report and advise the government on the way forward.
He said “Such an independent panel of inquiry with persons of proven integrity that cannot be influenced will definitely come up with a report that will be based on justice. That is all we are seeking for to correct the wrong of the past. Definitely we will accept the report of such a credible body if due process is followed”