Friday, February 26, 2021

THE ONWAEZE LAW GROUP, APC3250 WILSHIRE BLVD, SUITE 1500 LOS ANGELES CA 90010. RE:UGBAJO ITSEKIRI ASSOCIATION USA INC. CEASE AND DESIST LETTER

THE ONWAEZE LAW GROUP, APC
3250 WILSHIRE BLVD, SUITE 1500 LOS ANGELES CA 90010
Tel- 213.738.5066  Fax+213.402.296 Email: onwaeze@aol.com
February 23, 2021


Toju Etchie 
18 Dresden Bay 
Alameda, Ca. 94592 

Oti Uku Nwosu 
3931 Langley Court NW 
Washington DC 20016 

Ogbemi Omatete 
11335 Wedgemera Drive 
Trinity, Fl. 34655 
                                                RE:UGBAJO ITSEKIRI ASSOCIATION USA INC. 
CEASE AND DESIST LETTER 

Dear Messrs Etchie, Nwosu and Omatete; 
Please be advised that our office has been retained by the above named association, regarding your unauthorized and illegal action in parading yourselves as Officers of the Association.

It has come to our attention, that Ogbemi Omatete, purportedly acting as Patron of the Association convened a so called virtual convention of the Association on January 16, 2021. At that virtual convention, Toju Etchie was allegedly elected as President of the Association and Oti Uku Nwosu as Secretary. Since that date, you have been parading yourselves as the duly elected and authorised officers of the Association. In furtherance of your illicit activities, you falsely represented to Bank of America that you have been elected as new officers of the Association and signatories to its bank account. 

Through this falsehood, you gained access to the Association’s bank account and immediately withdrew over $157,000.00 of the Associations monies which you have converted to your personal use. 

The so called virtual convention that was convened by Ogbemi Omatete, and the purported elections of officer, is in direct contravention of the Constitution of the Association and does not confer on you any authority to act as officers of, and on behalf of the Association. Article VI(A)(1) of the Association’s constitution mandates that elections are to be held at the Association’s National Convention, while Article VII(6) stipulates that the National Convention is held on Labor day Weekend in the year the 
convention holds. The so called election was neither held at a National Convention, nor was a National Convention held on labor day weekend 2020. 

Aside from the constitutional violation noted above, any action taken by you did not have the support, approval and or a quiescence of the general body constituting the Association. To the contrary, several of the regional bodies had expressly dissociated themselves from your attempt to convene a virtual convention and hold any non in person election. These regional bodies include but are not limited to Itsekiri Association of Chicago, Oma Iwere of Florida, Uranran Iwere Itsekiri Association of Georgia, Oma-Iwere NY/NJ, Agura Iwere of Dallas, Tx., Southern California Itsekiri Cultural Association and INA-WB. 

You are hereby demanded to cease and desist from holding yourselves out as officers of the Association, and from transacting any business on behalf of th Association. A criminal complaint has already been lodged regarding your activities and theft of the funds belonging to the Association. Your failure to abide by this cease and desist demand will result in further civil and criminal proceedings against you. 

The Association reserves any and all remedies which it has against you regarding your illicit and illegal activities. 

Very truly yours 
Ogochukwu Victor Onwaeze, Esq. 
cc:
Kingsley Onuwaje 
President
Ugbajo Itsekiri USA Inc. 
OVO/ea

Monday, February 22, 2021

Press Release UGBAJO ITSEKIRI USA INC.

                   Press Release
          UGBAJO ITSEKIRI USA INC.
In light of the numerous requests 
from members of the association, the general public, the baseless emails making the rounds presently and purporting to be from leaders of the association, Ugbajo Itsekiri USA Inc. wishes to make the following statements and clarifications:
Ugbajo Itsekiri USA remains fully functional under the leadership of Mr. Kingsley Onuwaje (President), Mrs. Rebecca Begho ( Vice President), Mrs. Oduore Ojo (Assistant Secretary), Mr. Lucky Mayor (Financial Secretary), Mr. Jemine Okotie-Yesin (Treasurer), Dr. Atutumama Okotie (Publicity Secretary).


The association has been made aware of the nefarious actions of certain members, including Toju Etchie, and others, in illegally masquerading themselves as President,  Vice president, Secretary, Treasurer and other Executive Committee  positions, in breach of the  constitution of Ugbajo Itsekiri USA Inc., and wholly detrimental to the organization and its members.


We would like to alert the general public therefore, that any business dealings with the aforementioned person and his associates in the name of Ugbajo Itsekiri USA Inc. do so at their own peril as any such dealings will be deemed illegal. Caveat emptor. 

Finally, please be advised also that this matter has been reported to the police and it is presently under investigation on different fronts.  Furthermore, the association intends to seek redress for any and all criminal and civil violations arising from these illegal actions.

Signed,
Dr. Atutumama Okotie, 
Publicity Secretary,
Ugbajo Itsekiri U.S.A Inc.

Friday, February 19, 2021

Alema of Warri bags Warri Voice Award of Excellence

Alema of Warri bags Warri Voice  Award of Excellence 
The Alema of Warri Kingdom, Chief Emmanuel Oritsejolomi Uduaghan


By Tetsoma Neyin.


The Alema of Warri Kingdom, Chief Emmanuel Oritsejolomi Uduaghan has been conferred with the prestigious Warri Voice Newspaper Award of Excellence as the "Outstanding Itsekiri Man of the year. 

Giving her address in the epoch ceremony, the Editor of Warri Voice Newspaper, Ms. Tetsoma Neyin said that, the  award conferred on Chief Uduaghan was due to his outstanding contributions to the growth and development of Delta State which was made in specific reference to  his timely palliative distribution to Deltans in the ongoing coronavirus pandemic that is ravaging the world. 

The prestigious award ceremony took place in Warri on Thursday February 18, 2021.

The Publisher of Warri Voice Newspaper, Mr. Femi Odonmeta, while presenting the award to the recipient, called on him to see the award as a stepping stone for greater achievements as well as a challenge to do more by increasing the temple of his charitable work to the human society, for which he is known.

Responding, The Alema of Warri kingdom, Chief Emmanuel Oritsejolomi Uduaghan, who was ably represented by Comr. Monday Agbeyi, thanked the Warri Voice Newspaper crew for finding the Alema of Warri Kingdom worthy of the award, even as he noted that the award would spur the recipient to do more for the people of Delta State as well as the Media, especially the Warri Voice Newspaper.

Sunday, February 14, 2021

PUBLIC NOTICE

                   PUBLIC NOTICE


The attention of the Management of Warri Voice Newspaper has been drawn to an online group using our Website name with a slight difference to disseminate information to the general public.

The said group website is; www.warrivoice.com while that of Warri Voice Newspaper is; www.warrivoiceng.com.

We therefore state authoritatively that we do not have any connection with the said group and their activities.

Signed: 
Tetsoma Neyin
Editor, Warri Voice Newspaper

Wednesday, February 10, 2021

WARRI COMMUNITY FM NOW ON AIR

  WARRI COMMUNITY FM NOW ON AIR

A new Radio Station, Warri Community FM which operates on frequency 102.1 has kick-off in Warri.
The Station which is situated at Ekurede Itsekiri Road, Warri has commenced test running of technical equipment today Wednesday February 10, 2021, While test running of On-Air Broadcast will take place on Monday February 15, 2021.


Speaking to Warri Voice Newspaper, the C.E.O of Warri Community FM 102.1, Mr. Ekpoto Ekpoto Emmanuel, stated categorically that the main focus of the Station is to disseminate quality information and promote local development especially in the grassroots, saying that the Radio Station will address pressing issues in Warri and its environs with emphasis on the Itsekiri ethnic Nationality.


He enjoined the people of Warri to see the Station as their own by supporting the Station in all aspects, stating that the Radio Station is an idea of the Community Initiative Development.


Mr. Ekpoto further appealed to the people of Warri to always tune in to the Station as they promised to dish out quality programmes that will take Warri back to its former glory and beyond. 

Monday, February 8, 2021

Itsekiri Amnesty Students Condemned Group for dragging INYC to Court

Itsekiri Amnesty Students Condemned Group for dragging INYC to Court. 

Beneficiaries of Itsekiri Amnesty programme has condemned in total some Itsekiri Sons and Daughters for dragging the Itsekiri National Youth Council led by Comr. Weyinmi Agbateyiniro to court.

Mrs. Recheal Arueyingho who spoke on behalf of the amnesty beneficiaries praised the Comr. Agbateyiniro led administration for giving over one thousand scholarships to Itsekiri Sons and Daughters, adding that no regime of Itsekiri National Youth Council has ever attained such height.

The group warned that should anything stop their programme, they will lead a protest match to the houses of those involved in dragging the INYC to court and make them face the consequences.

INYC CASE: Court fix Judgement for March 10th

INYC CASE: Court fix Judgement for March 10th

The case between Mr. David Iwere with four others and Comr. Weyinmi Agbateyiniro with two others have been fixed for March 10,2021 for judgement.

The case in suit NO W/2592020 was adjoined for judgement by the presiding Judge, Hon. Justice O. A. Agboje of the Warri High Court-4 on Monday February 8, 2021.

Shortly after the hearing, legal Counsel to Comr. Agbateyiniro and two others, Barr. Presley Okojie stated categorically that his point of argument is outright dismissal of the case based on the fact that the plaintiff did not follow the rule of law. 

UPGRADE COLLEGE OF EDUATION, WARRI TO AUTONOMOUS UNIVERSITY - Itsekiri Strategy Group

UPGRADE COLLEGE OF EDUATION, WARRI TO AUTONOMOUS UNIVERSITY - Itsekiri Strategy Group


By Tetsoma Neyin


Itsekiri Strategy Working Group, has called on Governor Ifeanyi Okowa to upgrade the renowned College of Education Warri to an autonomous University.

A statement made available to newsmen recently in Warri and signed by Engr. Gbesimi Akperi said that since the creation of Delta State, no tertiary institution has been established in Warri by any of the state government, adding that Governor Okowa should use this opportunity to write his name in gold in the hearts of the good people of Warri South where the school is located.

"We call on the Governor to upgrade the College of Education, Warri to a full fledged University to redress the injustice of the past," he said.

"Your Excellency, you must not do anything to kill all that we have  brought into the union of Delta State. We in Warri will always remember Prof. Ambrose Alli for giving us College of Education, Warri. What will you be remembered for?", the group asked.

" The College of Education, Warri was created by the Bendel State Government of Prof. Ambrose Alli in 1979 along with that in Agbor and Igueben. Since that time and throughout the life of Delta State till date, no tertiary institution has been established in Warri (Warri South LGA)," he said.

" Many tertiary institutions have been created in the state with none in Warri. The College of Education Abraka was upgraded to Delta State University with campuses created in Senatorial districts. Oleh campus for South and Anwai campus for North Senatorial Districts. In this exercise, Warri, the commercial capital of the State which is the main source of the revenue Delta State was left out", he said.

" Polytechnics were created in Oghara, Ogwashi-Uku and Ozoro, Warri was conspicuously left out. There is also College of Physical Education, Mosogar, Warri is left out in all these creation." he further stated.

Engr. Akperi appealed to the Governor to remember Warri this time by upgrading the College of Education, Warri to a complete University.

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