Bloodbath Looms In Delta Community Over Kingship tussle

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The people of Ewu-Urhobo Kingdom in Ughelli South Local Government Area has called on Delta State Governor Sheriff Oborevwori to avert looming crisis and bloodshed over the imposition of a king over their Kingdom by people in the corridors of power.

This call was made by the Ahavwa Kingmakers Family led by Chief Michael College Ohwofaria, Chief Anthony Okagbare, and Evang Solomon Emotitiri at Ahavwa Kingmakers Family Hall in Ewu Kingdom, they called on Rt. Hon. Sheriff Oborevwori led Government to present Staff of Office to HRM Bernard Ivuvmevwerhaye Awarieta as their bona-fide King who has been elected to avoid palpable tension and break down of law and order in the Kingdom just as they have vowed to resist any imposition.

The Kingmakers who spoke on behalf of the Kingdom noted with “grave concern” the concerted and coordinated efforts allegedly being made by one Clement Ikolo who was described as an impostor and an agent of disharmony in connivance with his collaborators that are allegedly hell bent on throwing the kingdom into anarchy in their attempt to undermine peace and harmony that the community is known for as they resolved to forcefully impose the alleged impostor on them.

The visibly angry Kingmakers said that Ewu-Urhobo Kingdom would not pander to the whims and caprices of foreigners in the affairs of who becomes their king as they called on Governor Sheriff Oborevwori not to yield to the quest of a “desperado who wants to take the kingdom on a journey to anarchy. The time has come for the governor to toe the line of peaceful transition to a new royalty led by HRM Awarieta.”

Accordng to them, “the Kingship of Ewu-Urhobo kingdom has been traditionally and culturally decided by the Kingmakers Family, this practice has been the heritage of the people of the Kingdom for decades.”

They added, “We got a workable intelligence alleging that same Ikolo Clement through his brother Dr. Richard Kofi, Chairman, Ughelli South Local Governnent Area and Dr Ebenezer Okorududu both of Olomu Kindgom are hell bent on foisting their brother Clement ikolo through the back doors as King of Ewu Kingdom an action that already claimed the life of Augustine Joseph Obiuwevwi on the 9th day of September 2023 when Ikolo led thugs and Nigeria policemen to the Ewu-Urhobo town in a bid to foist himself as king on the kingdom is at it again for the second time attempting to arm twist the Presidents of Ewu communities one by one on phone to propose a meeting where he would be endorsed as king. In his calls, pictures of such meeting will be taken to the government of Delta state to show them that all is well, that he has been endorsed.”

They said that there is the urgent need for them to inform the Governor and the general public that their crown King is HRM Benard Ivumevwerhaye Awarieta, adding, “any other person outside this established procedure is an impostor. The government of Delta State is further advised that the plan of certain people in the corridors of power to mislead the government the second time into taking a wrongful decision will be resisted by Ewu people. The State Government should waste no time to present Staff of Office to our king elected and chosen by the Ahavwa Kingmakers Family of Ewu kingdom as enshrined in the edict of 1979 of Bendel as applicable in Delta State.”

They spoke further, “we call on the governor of Delta state, Rt. Hon. Sheriff Oborevwhori to do the needful by presenting the staff of office to the rightly crowned King of Ewu Kingdom who has been functioning both traditionally and customarily in the capacity of a full fledge king since May 30, 2021 till date.”

The people then called on the
Nigeria Police, Nigeria Army and other law Enforcement Agencies to resist being used by the ‘impostor’ and his cohorts to cause mayhem in Ewu Kingdom, adding, ” we, the people of Ewu-Urhobo Kingdom at home and in Diaspora will resist any imposition through legitimate means.”

It could be recalled that, on May 30, 2023, the kingdom in a keenly contested election organised by the Kingmakers Family elected HRM Awarieta as King accompanied with traditional rites awaiting the nod of the state government with the presentation of Staff of Office.

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