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Pepeama: Pozi family seeks community chairman’s removal

HRM Oboro-Gbaraun II, Aketekpe, Agadagba, the Pere of Gbaramatu Kingdom


*”Awologbin, existential threat to Pozi Family in Gbaramatu” –MALA

By Esther Eugene, Warri



A Pozi Family of Pepeama representative, Moses Mala, has cited reasons they want removal of Pepeama community Chairman, Mr. Mafi Awologbin. He said the chairman’s long-expired tenure now running for over 20 years, has emboldened him to disrespect the verdict and directive of His Majesty, Oboro-Gbaraun II, Aketekpe, Agadagba, the Pere of Gbaramatu Kingdom on Pozi Family stake in Pepeama.

Mala spoke to newsmen, weekend, in Warri, stressing that Mr Awologbin, has “over several years rallied his executive council to constitute existential threat to the Pozi family owner-stakeholders of Pepeama” . Mala stressed that tolerating the over 20-years-in-office Chairman any longer could lead to breakdown of order in Gbaramatu Kingdom.

“His Majesty, Oboro Gbaraun II, Aketekpe, Agadagba, the Pere of Gbaramatu Kingdom, following investigations/consideration of a Pozi Family complaint found truth and merit and in full glare of the Kingdom directed that a separate Pozi Quarters be created in Pepeama to peacefully coexist with other quarters, contribute to development/equally benefit from the proceeds of the community”, he informed.

“Against our Gbaramatu King’s advice, Pozi Family members, who are owner-stakeholders of Pepeama are denied access to Pepeama to renovate their now delapidated homes by a community Chairman with no verifiable links to our forebears. This Chairman, Awologbin, haven served for over 20 years by default now thinks himself a monarch to challenge the Pere (King) of Gbaramatu Kingdom. We demand his immediate removal for peace in Pepeama. Against the advice of our King, Pozi Family members are consistently denied accruing benefits of our oil rich community, such as in the ongoing Matrix Energy Ltd projects. Yet, nobody is helping to sustain the cause of dialogue/peace resolution mechanism as Pozi Family faces existential threat, nay extinction, while the Pepeama community Chairman opposes/disobeys the directive of our King without sanctions”, Mala lamented.

“Apart from several earlier appeals, the Pozi family, for about 6 months now, since October 11, 2023, further appealed to the Gbaramatu Traditional Council of Chiefs, via a letter to Chief Godspower Gbenekama, the Fiyewei of Gbaramatu Kingdom, to present plight of Pozi family of Pepeama for further deliberation and final resolution, to no avail. Are we not creating the repulsive impression that might is right which can only subsequently push the weakest to self-help, resulting in chaos and system implosion in Gbaramatu Kingdom?”, he queried.

“Whatever the religious persuasion of the Gbaramatu Ijaw man, the call to courageous commitment to truth and justice, symbolized by our Gbaramatu King, should continue to be our rallying values for enduring progress”, Mala advised.



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