By Jimmy Lace, Warri




President Buhari and Olu of Warri during the latter's visit to Aso Rock.

President Buhari and Olu of Warri during the latter’s visit to Aso Rock.

The people of Ugborodo community in Warri South West LGA of Delta State have told President Buhari that the recent visit of the Olu of Warri to the President in Aso Rock is aimed at deceiving the president from the realities on ground.

A statement signed by the community leaders; Hon Thomas Metsagharun and Pastor William Agbajor both the Toritsemogha and Balogun of Ugborodo land respectively described the visit of the Olu of Warri, Ogiame Ikenwoli to the President as a sham.

They restated their total support for the establishment of the Maritime University, Okerenkoko adding that the Olu’s visit was also aimed at covering up alleged atrocities carried out against the people of Ode Ugborod on February 11, 2018.

“Mr President, we the peace loving people of Ugborodo community want to let you know that the visit of the Olu of Warri and his entourage to you on Friday, Feb 11, is a sham and deceit to cover up the atrocities committed against the people of Ode Ugborodo by the Ologbotsere of Warri, Chief Ayiri Emami and his co-travelers who have been causing mayhem, arson, killings, vandalization of property and looting in the area with the help of illegal militaryoperaives, police men, ethnic militias and hired thugs. They have brought untold hardship to the people and you have been deceived by the visit.

“These incidents have reoccurred over four times in Ugborodo community where the Olaja-Orori, Dube Omadeli is the head and leader of the people. Chief Ayiri Emai, Chief Eritomi Thomas, Mr David Tonwe and Tuoyo Omatsuli and their cronies are the the chief architects of violence who would not allow Ode Ugborodo , Ogidigben, Ajudaibo, Mandagho communities and their environs  know peace for the past 13 years.

“These communities are underdeveloped because choice contracts such as Madangho to Ogidigben multi million naira shoreline protection contract awarded to Chief Ayiri Emami and Ode Ugborodo shoreline protection contract also awarded to the Ologbotsere of Warri  for execution were abandoned. Few persons have turned themselves into money bags and political hawks are milking our communities dry and we, the people of Ugborodo community are deeply worried over the way things are going.

“We are being subjected to unnecessary hindrances whereas God has blessed us with so much. We want all agents of destabilization to leave Ugborodo area alone. We sue that Chief Ayiri Emami and his co-travelers should be called to order by the FG from further disturbing the community. We also call on the Inspector General of Police to investigate the recent raid on Ugborodo community as allegedly master minded by the Ologbtsere of Warri kingdom, Chief Ayiri Emami. The ugly incident led to the untimely death of three members of our community just as the house of Olaja-Orori of Ugborodo community, Benson Dube Omadeli was set ablaze following alleged instructions handed down by Chief Ayiri Emami to hired thugs. The property of the National Youth President of Ugborodo community, Mr Ofe Penda Nene was also set ablaze. The properties of Richard Arubi and Williams Agbajor were not equally spared from the fire.

According to them, the reason adduced for the mayhem was that Omadeli declared himself the king of the community explaining that Ugborodo community which hosts many oil firms predate Ginuwa, the first Olu of Itsekiri since the 13 century stressing that Ugborodo is an autonomous community.

‘We have been in existence since 13 AD and are not under the rulership of anybody save our spiritual leader and head, Dube Omadeli, the Olaja-Orori. But because of the wealth found in our community we have been negatively labeled for attempting to resist agents of destruction and destabilization and we reiterate that we will no longer allow people to use us any further.

“Since 1959 in the advent of oil exploration and exploitation our ecosystem has been polluted and degraded, fishing and farming which are our source of livelihood are gone. We do not have good water, no electricity, no schools, no hospitals and o means of transportation. Social modern facilities are lacking and yet some few individuals have enriched themselves at the detriment of the people and the communities” they lamented.