Orosuen stool crisis deepens in Warri, as Urhobo seek removal of DPO
THE scramble for the stool of the Orosuen of Okere-Urhobo Kingdom deepened at the weekend with the three ruling houses namely Idama, Sohworuvwe and Ohwotemu warning the two contestants to the throne, Chiefs Kesiena Okumagba and Wilson Eboh, to stop parading themselves as monarch and regent of the kingdom since the matter is already being addressed by the court.
The stool became vacant when the former Oroseun of the kingdom, Chief Benjamin Okumagba, died in 2012. But selecting a new monarch to succeed him has been a herculean task as claimants drag each other to court, making it almost impossible for the traditional council to install one.
Gideon Okumagba who spoke on behalf of the ruling families said: “We are compelled to put the record straight and also inform all relevant authorities and the general public that both Chief Wilson Eboh and Chief Kesiena Okumagba are operating and parading themselves with a toga of illegality as Orosuen and Otota ( traditional Prime Minister) and Regent of Okere-Urhobo Kingdom respectively and thereby bastardizing our very ancient traditional institution and putting Okere-Urhobo Kingdom to ridicule.”
Okumagba explained further that the challenge of selecting an Oroseun has been hampered further by the demise of five out of the nine recognized kingmakers from the three ruling houses. He said it was impossible for the remaining four to select a king alone.
He urged the people to disregard “any self-arrogated titles by Chiefs Kesiena Okumagba and Wilson Eboh.”
Meanwhile, the people of Okere-Urhobo kingdom have requested the Delta State Commissioner of Police to immediately redeploy the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) of “B” Division, Warri, CSP Aniete Eyoh, over what they described as the “barbaric, unlawful arrest and attack on defenseless people of Okere-Urhobo kingdom.”
According to Chief Gideon Okumagba, Chief Wilson Eboh reported a case of trumped up crime of burglary along with the case of Chief Kesiena Okumagba’s purported proclamation as Orosuen to CSP Eyoh which led to the arrest of Chief Kesiena Okumagba.
He alleged that CSP Eyoh deliberately misinformed the Delta State Police Command Headquarters, Asaba and the Warri Area Command in a bid to pitch the people of Okere-Urhobo kingdom against the Nigerian Police when he (Eyoh) claimed that Chief Kesiena Okumagba had instigated the youths of Okere-Urhobo kingdom to attempt to burn down the “B” Division police station and free some of the suspects arrested in connection to the illegal crime.
He called on the Delta State Commissioner of Police to do a thorough investigation into the matter in conformity with police procedures and rule of law.
Representatives of the ruling houses who attended the emergency meeting included Chief Eseoghene Eshallomi, Olorogun Victor Okumagba, Prince John Edgar Eranvor, Gabriel Eyekpimi, Evang. Otite Eyekpimi and Chief Lucky Dubofu.