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Orosuen traditional stool stirs crisis in Warri

CRISIS is brewing in Okere Urhobo kingdom, Warri, over the Orosuen traditional stool, which had been vacant since 2012 when the late Orosuen of Warri, Chief Benjamin Okumagba, joined his ancestors.

Installing a new monarch had proved a difficult task as several parties in the kingdom are laying claim to the stool, leading to a series of litigations which had hampered the process of choosing a new monarch thereby leaving the Otota of Okere-Urhobo, Chief Wilson Eboh, to act as the regent.

However, a few weeks ago, Chief Anthony Kesiena Okumagba declared himself the traditional ruler of the kingdom. The report which was published a national daily immediately stirred a chain of reactions from the three families (Oki, Ighogbadu and Olodi) that make up the kingdom. Chief Anthony Okumagba, the Unuborboro of the kingdom, had claimed that he was chosen by God to be king over Okere Urhobo people.

But on Monday the Okere-Urhobo traditional council of chiefs, the regent, leaders of the three failies ,women and youths convened an emergency meeting during which they denounced Okumagba’s claim as the Orosuen, describing his alleged installation as illegal and criminal.

According to the regent, (Chief Wilson Eboh) the declaration by Chief Okumagba is “false and completely at variance with the selection process as laid down in the Okere Urhobo kingdom traditional chieftaincy declaration and is criminal desecration of our traditional stool.”

He explained that the traditional declaration of Okere-Urhobo kingdom stipulates that for a person to be qualified to ascend to the throne, he must be selected by the kingmakers and presented to the traditional council of chiefs of Okere-Urhobo kingdom and not to be chosen by the gods as claimed by the said Chief Okumagba.

The Regent urged the public and indigenes of Okere-Urhobo kingdom, particularly the youths, to disregard the false declaration by the chief. He said the title of Onuborboro has no bearing with the Okere-Urhobo kingdom.

He equally urged the Delta State government, Directorate of Chieftaincy Affairs, Ministry of Justice, Delta State Traditional Council, and all law enforcement agencies to disregard the said false declaration.

Members of the traditional council of chiefs who attended the meeting included Chiefs Emmanuel Omovie, Ogan Ugauah, Peter Edah Okoh, Pa Osagbuwa Karien Eboh and Churchill O. Oki.

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