Tension is currently brewing in Warri, Delta State, following alleged plot to attack notable Itsekiri sons and daughters, particularly Ologbotsere Eyinmisan Descendants by some unruly elements, according to a report by BIGPENNGR.
In a strong worded petition dated Wednesday, October 13, 2021 to the Inspector General of Police, Ologbotsere Eyinmisan descendants alleged that a plan to attack prominent sons and daughters of the Ologbostere was being hatched by some undisclosed elements from the palace of the Olu of Warri.
The Executive Governor of Delta State, the Commissioner of Police, Delta Command and the Director-General of the State Security Service (SSS) were copied in the petition.
Following the removal of Chief Ayirimi Emami as the Ologbotsere of Warri Kingdom, the Ologbotsere descendants, on Thursday, October 7 rejected the pronouncement made by Olu of Warri, His Majesty, Ogiame Atuwatse III, on Tuesday through Chief Brown Mene disrobing Chief Ayiri Emami as Ologbotsere of Warri Kingdom and abolition of the title.
Sources said that following the development, the Olori-Ebi of the Ologbotsere Family, Pa. Jofotan Higson Oporokun has been under intense pressure to override the position of Ologbotsere Eyinmisan descendants, who did not only reject the Olu’s pronouncement but passed a vote of confidence on Chief Emami as the subsisting Ologbotsere of Warri Kingdom.
Spokesman of Ologbotsere Eyinmisan descendants, Comrade Alex Eyengho, in a petition to IGP, said that there are verifiable case of intimidation and harassment on the Olori-Ebi of the Ologbotsere Family, Pa. Jofotan Higson Oporokun to compel him to single-handedly sign a letter scripted from the Palace of the Olu of Warri, to make it seem as emanating from the Ologbotsere Eyinmisan Descendants.
He said that the ‘scripted letter’ was geared to discredit the position of Ologbotsere Eyinmisan descendants, maintaining; “This development does not just have the lace of criminality and impersonation, but it smacks of desperation by an illegitimate authority, to rewrite an obnoxious pronouncement likened to a policy summersault”.
Against the scripted letter which the Olori-Ebi of the Ologbotsere Family, Pa. Jofotan Higson Oporokun is being forced to sign singlehandedly, Comrade Eyengho disclosed that from time immemorial all “correspondences by the respected Ologbotsere Eyinmisan Descendants, have always had the imprimatur of a representative from at-least ten (10) of the twelve (12) stocks that make up the family”.
He said that there was never a time only the Olori-Ebi of the Ologbotsere Family, Pa. Jofotan Higson Oporokun had signed any letter sent to the palace.
“Permit us to outline the stocks that are signatory to any letter emanating from the Ologbotsere Eyinmisan Descendants thus: Egbeju Family, Iya Family, Uwangue Family, Ameren Family, Eyiogodeaghan Family, Iweroko Family, Ello Family, Edogiere Family, Menokaren Family, Omagene Family and Utasunwa Family.
While acknowledging that it is the Olu of Warri that confers Chieftaincy titles to deserving Itsekiri indigenes, and occasionally non-Itsekiris, the petition said that “it is laughable that the content of the criminally-worded letter which a particular Chief and other elements from the Palace, are intimidating Pa. Jofotan Higson Oporokun to sign (through phone calls pressures and person-to-person harassments since Friday October 8, 2021).
“The letter claims that “All titles belong to HIS MAJESTY, OGIAME ATUWATSE III – THE OLU OF WARRI”.
“It must be stated, clearly once more, that the Ologbotsere title belongs to the Ologbotsere Eyinmisan Descendants, and not the Olu of Warri.
“The Warri Monarch has the prerogative to install an Ologbotsere, based on the recommendation of the Ologbotsere Eyinmisan Descendants.
“Never in the history of Warri Kingdom has an Ologbotsere been disrobed, the holder of such title lives with it for a lifetime and there is nothing like former Ologbotsere.
“Telling the world in the presence of the media that Ologbotsere title has been abolished and the name is now merely a nickname, only to backtrack and say that the pronouncement, which was widely reported in the media, was a misrepresentation, is the height of opaque leadership, devoid of proper understanding of Itsekiri heritage.
“As you read this petition, it is important to alert the world of an impending plot to unleash mayhem on law-abiding itsekiri indigenes, particularly Ologbotsere Eyinmisan Descendants (who hold contrary view, regarding the current controversial traditional leadership) by elements from Palace of the Olu of Warri, anytime from Saturday October 16”.