Bayelsa chieftaincy tussle brews violence

Posted by Mike Odiegwu, Yenagoa | 29 July 2018 | 1,983 times

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•Bayelsa State Governor Seriake Dickson

The Okoroma community in Nembe Local Government Area of Bayelsa State has cried out to Governor Seriake Dickson following a chieftaincy tussle brewing violence in the area.

Residents from the community, under the auspices of Okoroma Patriotic Movement (OPM) told the governor that if urgent steps were not taken to stop the imbroglio, the community would be plunged into violence.

In a letter addressed Dickson, the President, OPM, Mr. Nyenye Matthias, said unresolved issues on the stool of the Obanobhan of Okoroma clan were threatening the peace of the area.

He said the Okoroma Clan of Chiefs, which is part of the traditional stool of the Okoroma clan in Nembe, was consumed by the crisis caused by some disgruntled elements believed to be acting on the instruction from the office of the Deputy Governor of the state.

Matthias said in the claims against the defendant, the presiding judge of the court, Justice L.M. Boufini, on March 26, 2018, ruled that the 1st claimant (Kigimo-Emina) is the Chief of Emina Group of Houses in Akakumama in Okoroma Clan.

The judge was said to have ruled that the purported removal of the 1st claimant (Kigimo-Emina) as the Chief of Emina Group of Houses in Akakumama was unconstitutional and therefore null and void.

The court was also said to have ruled that the defendant (Mr. Ebinimi Donka) is not King/Paramount Ruler of Akakumama in Nembe.

Matthias noted that from the judgement of the court, it was clear that Kigimo-Emina is the legally-recognised Chairman of Okoroma Clan Council of Chiefs and the Acting Clan Head of Okoroma Clan in Nembe LGA.

He wondered why the Adumaingo, who is not party to the lawsuit, is rather arrogating powers of the Acting Clan Head to himself.

He said: “When he (Adamaingo) was confronted, he claimed to be working for loyalists of the office of the Deputy Governor and his actions clearly displayed flagrant disobedience of court order cited earlier.

Excerpted from The Nation report

Source: News Express

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