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Sacrilege: Ogulagha community disowns its monarch

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HRH.Capt.Joseph Timiyan, traditional ruler of Ogulagha kingdom

By Emma Arubi

WARRI- Indigenes of Ogulagha community in Burutu Council Area of Delta State have disown their traditional ruler,  and the Council of Chiefs for alleged grievous offences against the community and selected the Amazinawei of Ogulagha community, Chief Clement Kpuke (JP) in his place.

In a statement made available to newsmen in Warri yesterday by a 24-members executive of the community led by Mr. Ambrose Guwor, acting Chairman, Pastor Christopher Isiayei, Secretary and Guwor Luwatimi, P.R.O respectively in reaction to a Vanguard publication of Wednesday, August 15, 2016 at page 39 they stated that the entire content of the publication is a “brazen deceit, laughable, an embarrassment and therefore should discountenanced in its entirety as it only meant to mislead the public, Government/security agencies and other well-meaning sons and  daughter of Ogulagha kingdom.

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According to the statement, Capt. J.I. Timiyan does not reside in the riverine kingdom bordering the Atlantic coast but resides permanently in Ugborikoko community of Uvwie Kingdom near Warri metropolis under the rulership of HRM Emmanuel Sideso, Abe 1 even as they accused the monarch of persistent and consistent interference and intervention in the community electoral process to elect the community executive leadership to the extent of even imposing candidates on the entire community that is a major source of crisis in Ogulagha kingdom. They pointed out that Capt. J.I. Timiyan has on several occasion apologize to the community for some of these obnoxious negative practices.

The statement denied any mismanagement or embezzlement of N1b tenement rent payment as alleged but stated that the disowned monarch is aggrieved that the money was not made available to him and his cronies for squandering, stating that the said matter is even being investigated by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, who should be allowed to do their job instead of setting up his own kangaroo committee for the same purpose.

The indigenes of Ogulagha community further accused Capt. Timiyan of constituting an illegal Caretaker Committee against the community 1998 Constitution for his selfish reasons and has sometimes override the community chosen surveillance vendor and disregarded the constitutional two and half year tenure of office for its executives to suit his personal aggrandizement to satisfy oil company’s interest, adding that chiefs of the kingdom can seat down watch the disown ruler turn their children into modern slaves as long as they get their N20,000.00 monthly stipend from the king.

While calling on both the Federal and State government to hold the disowned ruler responsible for any breakdown of law and order in the community, they accused him of allegedly recruiting militants and thugs from some neighbouring states to come and launch attacks on oil and gas facilities in the kingdom but assured the Government and security agencies of their commitment towards ensuring the protection of these facilities insisting that “we reaffirm our earlier position that Capt. J.I. Timiyan remained disowned by the Ogulagha community and its ancestors”, the statement emphasized.

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