The Delta State Chief Judge, Justice Marshal Mukoro, has lamented the high number of Urhobos who are prison inmates in the five Correctional Centres in the state.
Justice Mukoro who disclosed this during the lunch and presentation of the book, “The Great Ughele Kingdom” written by Olorogun Miller Uloho at Ughelli, headquarters of Ughelli North Local Government Area, said it was pathetic that the Urhobos constitutes about 70% of inmates currently serving various jail terms in the 5 correctional centres (Prisons) in the state.
The Delta CJ who urged Urhobo parents to redouble their efforts in parental upbringing said: “We have five correctional centres in Delta State with about 3500 inmates. Out of this number, Urhobos are over 2500.”
Describing the trend as embarrassing, he urged Urhobo parents to give proper care and training to their wards to make them good ambassadors of the society, just as he commended the author of the book Chief Miller Uloho for writing the book which he noted would change the perception of people about the Ughelli kingdom.
The author of the book Chief Miller Uloho, speaking why he decided to write the book, said he was challenged many misconception and misinformation about the Ughelli kingdom, noting that the original name of the kingdom was “Ughele” and not “Ughelli”, that Ughelli came to be after the name was changed over a century ago by the British administration of Lord Fredrick Luguard.
Also speaking, the President General of Ughelli Descendants Union, UDU, Chief Pius Omubaye, described the book as expository, adding that it would help a lot of persons especially, Ughelli indigenes to know more about their history and retrace their ancestral home.