Foremost Ijaw youth organisation, Ijaw Youth Council (IYC) worldwide, has vowed to resist the order by Governor Godwin Obaseki for the arrest of the newly installed Pere of Olodiama Kingdom in Edo state, describing the directives an an open invitation to war between the Ijaws and Benins. The group stated that by the order, the governor and Oba of Benin has declared war against Ijaws in Edo state and the entire Ijaw nation. BigPen Online recalls that the coronation of the Olodiama monarch had attracted mixed reactions from the palace of the Oba of Benin as well as Edo state government who were said to deployed soldiers to stop the event. The alleged seige on the community had triggered reactions from other Ijaw traditional rulers including the paramount
Edo State Governor Godwin Obaseki has ordered the arrest of Godwin Oguyenbo, who is poised to be installed as the Pere of Olodiama Kingdom. The governor ordered the arrest of those involved in the planned coronation, either as a beneficiary, participant or sponsor. A statement by the Secretary to the State Government, Osarodion Ogie, described the planned coronation as “egregiously abominable, sacrilegious and criminal”. It said the pronouncement constituted an affront to the long-settled culture, traditions and norms of the people, Nation has reported. According to Ogie, the act is intended to precipitate strife and contestation, leading inevitably to the breakdown of law and order. The statement reads: “The government is of the view that the claim of such a n
*FG, Oba Of Benin accuse as masterminds behind stall coronation Fresh tension has mounted the Benin River as well as Delta waterways in the Niger Delta region, as several Ijaw traditional rulers were allegedly stopped from accessing Olodiama community to install a new traditional ruler for the Ijaw people located in Edo State, BigPen Online has gathered. The installation of the new traditional ruler, HRM Alagba Bunafa, the Pere of Olodiama, an Ijaw Kingdom in Ovia North Local Government Area of Edo stste was trancated on Tuesday by soldiers who allegedly overan the community. The troops were allegedly deployed by the Oba of Benin, who had been accused of making several attempts to annex Olodiama Kingdom as part of Benin Kingdom. The Ijaw traditional rulers who were on
The Arewa community in Delta State has raised alarm over uncovered plans to evict them from the State, specifically from Asaba, the State capital. The community members say they have resided in the area for over 200 years. According to a report by Daily Trust, their fears are due to a plan by the Delta State Government in conjunction with a private development company, Rexwood Nigeria Limited to convert the area into a government theme “smart city”, which will include hotels, shopping malls, office complexes, leisure playground, etc. Speaking on behalf of the community, the Sarkin Hausa of Asaba, Alhaji Ibrahim Baba Gero said “We have been living here for over 200 years. I was born here. My father and grandfather were also born here…We have huge markets here and are engaged in
SEPLAT Petroleum Development Company Plc, operators of the NPDC/Seplat JV, has held the 2017 edition of its annual Safe Moterhhood Programme in Sapele, Delta State. The programme is in alignment with the third Sustainable Development Goal (SDG 3) of the UN, which promotes good health and well-being. The event which held at Okpe Hall on November 7, is the fifth edition of the maternal and child health intervention programme which has over the years reduced maternal and infant mortality in the company’s communities of operation and ensured quality health care is provided to pregnant women. According to the World Health Organisation (2010), the infant mortality rate in Nigeria is 71.2 and a woman’s chance of dying from pregnancy and childbirth is 1 in 3. With this in mind, Sep
Succour came the way of thousands of pupils and students of various primary and secondary schools in Isoko nation, Delta state forthnight ago as the Edafe Unuezi Oduh Foundation embarked on a "back to school programme" across schools in Isokolandd. With the programme, the foundation donated over 50 thousand notebooks to primary and secondary schools across Isoko nation. The books which were distributed across schools in Isoko South and North Local Government Area of Delta state are part of the philanthropic gestures of Edafe Unuezi Oduh Foundation to bring succour to his people in the local communities. Proprietor of the foundation, Engr. Edafe Unuezi Oduh, who hails from Aviara, Isoko South local government area of the state, said the foundation was established to empower hi
A new Orosuen (traditional ruler) of Okere-Urhobo Kingdom in Delta State has emerged. The emergence of the new monarch followed the resolution of the crisis over a successor for His Royal Majesty, Benjamin Okumagba, the last Orosuen whose reign ended in April of 2012 when he joined his ancestors. BigPen Online gathered that the Council of Kingmakers will mark the climax of a renewed process to pick the next Orosuen following two failed processes. Recalls that Chief Kesiena Okumagba and later, Chief Christopher Okumagba had earlier proclaimed selves as Orosuen-Elect, thus fueling the kingship tussle in the Kingdom. But a statement signed by Chief Emmanuel Omovie on Wednesday indicated that the Orosuen-Elect would be presented to the Okere-Urhobo people today. The kingmake...
The controversy over who becomes the new Ologbotsere of Warri Kingdom has been laid to rest. This followed the formal installation of Warri-based business man, Chief Ayirimi Emami as Ologbotsere of Warri kingdom, (Traditional Prime Minister) by Olu of Warri, His Majesty Ikenwoli. BigPen Online recalls that the coveted position had been vacant for over 30 years. The Ologbotsere is next in ranking to the Olu, followed by the Iyatsere and the Uwangue in hierarchy in the Kingdom. Besides, Chief Emami, the monarch also conferred the titles of Iyatsere and Uwangue on Chief Johnson Atserelughe of Ologbo and Mr. Awala of jakpa respectively. With the installation, Chief Emami, popularly known as Ayiri becomes the youngest Ologbotsere produced so far by the Ologbotsere desc...
The Ologbotsere families has resubmitted the name of Chief Ayirimi Emami as their choice for the coveted Traditional Prime Minister (Ologbotsere) of Warri Kingdom, putting to an end the controversy surrounding his earlier nomination. BigPen Online recalls that Emami was earlier rejected by some of his kinsmen who protested to the Olu of Warri palace, urging the monarch not to accept the candidature of Ayiri. But arising from an enlarged family meeting on Thursday, representatives of each of the eleven families that make up the Ologbotsere descendants, reaffirmed that Chief Ayirimi Emami remains their preferred choice for the prestigious title of Ologbotsere of Warri Kingdom. The decision was taken by a well-attended meeting by representatives of each of the kindred ...
The group, Niger Delta Political Watchdog, (NDPW) has urged Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta state to institute the best councilors award in the 25 Local Government Area of the state to encourage grassroots developmental effort of the local representatives of the people. The group in a statement signed by its President, Prince Onoriode James and Secretary, Comrade Kelvin Osita on Thursday, said "we have taking pain to carefully study the 250 Councilors in the 25 Local Government Council of Delta State even in the face of the harsh economic reality and we believe that as a former councilor and a council chairman your excellency will appreciate that the council remain the bedrock of the political advancement of any state or country. "The local government council as the third tier o