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Controversy trails Okumagba’s emergence as Okere Urhobo monarch

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By Ajuwa Victor, Asaba

Controversy has trailed the alleged selection of Chief Emmanuel Okumagba as the new traditional ruler of Okere Urhobo kingdom in Warri local government area of Delta state.

The former chairman of the Delta State Primary Education Board (SPEB) now Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), was earlier reported to have been crowned as the new Orosuen of Okere Urhobo Kingdom, taking the title of Okumagba II. His emergence followed the demise of the Orosuen of Okere-Urhobo Kingdom, Prof. Paul Oghenero Okumagba, Idama II.

Although, Okumagba was said to have been picked by kingmakers after rigorous selection process and crowned by the oldest kingmaker, Chief George Amurun, JP, at the palace in the presence of other kingmakers and traditional chiefs, his emergence has been disputed.

The Okpako Orere and head of the three ruling houses of Okere kingdom, Apostle Isaac Eraivor denied the nomination or selection of any candidate for the throne, contrary to media reports. They described Okumagba’s alleged emergence as new monarch of the kingdom as illegal, abominable and a desperate act.

Briefing journalists in Warri, Eraivor said that the clarification became necessary because of the purported nomination and selection of Okumagba as reported in the social media.

Eraivor further explained that it was only the Okpako Orere that had the power and authority to crown the Oroseun after being nominated and selected by the three ruling houses, based on the custom and tradition of the people of the kingdom as has been confirmed by the Delta state Government Report of July 2020.

He disclosed that the process of nominating and selecting a new Oroseun would soon be announced to the people of the kingdom and the public by the Okpako Orere and the heads of the three ruling houses.

Eraivor further claimed that the entire process that purportedly threw up Chief Okumagba was abominable and illegal since, according to him, Okumagba was allegedly crowned by someone who said to be paternally from Ekpan, Uvwie Kingdom.

Apostle Eraivor said the police was already investigating the matter.

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