Wednesday, March 31, 2021

OLU OF WARRI STOOL: Ginuwa 1 Ruling House Suspends Chief Ayiri Emami as Ologbotsere of Warri Kingdom, nominates Prince Tsola Emiko as Olu designate

1 Ruling House  Suspends Chief Ayiri Emami as Ologbotsere of Warri Kingdom, nominates Prince Tsola Emiko as Olu designate

               Chief Ayiri Emami

Following the recent controversy surrounding the stool of the Olu of Warri, the Ginuwa 1 Ruling House with Prince Emma Okotie-Eboh as Regent have suspended the Ologbotsere of Warri kingdom (The Traditional Prime Minister), Chief Ayiri Emami on the charge of his misuse of office and immediately gave power to the Iyatsere of Warri to act in his stead.

They made the declaration during a Press briefing held at the front of the Palace of the Olu of Warri(Aghofen), on Tuesday March 31, 2021.

Prince Toju Emiko who addressed Newsmen on behalf of the Regent and the Ginuwa 1 ruling House stated categorically that the 1979 Edict on which the Ojoye-Isan and other fraudulent Itsekiris are clinching on  to cause meyem in the kingdom was hurriedly put together by a hand few of Leaders to meet the exigencies of that era.

"This so called 'edict' annoying as it is, was never presented to the people to discuss it at a General Assembly of Itsekiris for purposes of ratification and general acceptance. But, the last two Olus were crowned using this aberration, despite protests and Court cases against the law each time"

“Now we have come to another cross road. The Ginuwa 1 Ruling House, which is the only Ruling House in the land and which has EXCLUSIVE powers to nominate a successor to the throne, has been meeting in the last three months, after a convocation of bonafide members of the House, to nominate a successor to the throne. In the end, Prince Tsola Emiko, was picked as the most qualified person to sit on the throne at this time. This was done only after his name was submitted to the Ruling House by majority of the descendants of the last three Olus, even in compliance with the vexatious edict”.

Prince Toju Emiko further stated that the 1979 Edict does not give the Ojoye-Isan power to disqualify any candidate presented to them by the Ruling House.  “This singular illegal action of ‘disqualification’ is now threatening the relative peace in Warri Kingdom and almost tearing apart the very fabric of our existence. He (Chief Emami) is to immediately step aside as the Ologbotsere and stop parading himself as such",

“The Iyatsere, who is next in Command and in-fact the most Senior Chief, who accompanied Ginuwa I from Benin to found the Warri Kingdom, is hereby appointed as Acting Chairman of the Council of Chiefs and the Olu’s Advisory Council. He is to take over immediately and steer the remainder of the process to give us an organized, speedy closure”, he averred.

Following the decision of the Regent and the Ginuwa 1 Ruling House to immediately transfer power to the Iyatsere of Warri Kingdom, Chief Johnson Atserunleghe,  when contacted by Warri Voice Newspaper said that he has not been briefed by the Ginuwa 1 Ruling House, but appealed to all  aggrieved Itsekiris to thread with caution.

Meanwhile, the Ginuwa 1 Ruling House has strongly reaffirm their stand of Prince Tsola Emiko as the Olu designate.

Saturday, March 20, 2021


National Co-ordinator of Niger Delta Grassroots Movement (NDGM), Comrade Weyinmi Olley

The National Co-ordinator of Niger Delta Grassroots movement, NDGM, Comrade Weyinmi Olley has called on Itsekiri Nation to organize a Town Hall meeting to look into various problems confronting Itsekiri and proffer solutions. 

Comrade Olley who made this call in Warri recently, further said that there was need to promote a united and peaceful co-existence among the Itsekiris and live in harmony with her neighbours. 

He also called on Itsekiris to promote and preserve their culture and tradition, adding that in the time past Itsekiris were highly admired and respected because of their dignity, unity and influence in all spheres of life. 

Accordingly to him, "if the Itsekiris of old lived like this, there would have been no Itsekiri in existence today. Our ancestors are angry because things are not going the way it should be", he asserted. 

Comrade Olley clearly stated that the Itsekiri Town Hall meeting became very necessary to all Itsekiris to enable them address all the pressing issues as well establish the truth and fashion out viable programmes that would move the Itsekiri Nation forward. 

He pointed out that the proposed Town Hall meeting which should come up within the shortest possible time, would afford the people the opportunity to speak their minds and contribute their quota, adding that, moderators and seasoned technocrats would be on ground to articulate all matters raised and suggestions as working tools to improve the lives of the Itsekiri people and accelerate the development of Itsekiri Nation.

Comrade Olley suggested that the proposed Itsekiri Town Hall meeting should have in attendance; Itsekiri Leaders of Thought (ILT), anointed Itsekiri men of God such as Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor and Rev. (Dr.) S.E Gbejoro as well as some prominent Itsekiris such as Hon. Thomas Ereyitomi, Hon. Daniel Reyenieju, Hon. (Barr.) Daniel Mayuku, Hon. David Tonwe, Hon. Evang. Michael Diden Alias Ejele, Hon. Mofe Pirah, Hon. Benson Onuwaje, Mr. Isaac Dorsu, Mr. Mode Akoma and other resourceful stakeholders of Itsekiri Nation.  

Thursday, March 11, 2021

INYC CASE: Court strikes out suit in favour of Agbateyiniro led Executives

INYC CASE: Court strikes out suit in favour of Agbateyiniro led Executives
     Comr. Weyinmi Agbateyiniro, 

The case between Mr. David Iwere with four others and Comr. Weyinmi Agbateyiniro with two others have been ruled in favour of Comr. Weyinmi Agbateyiniro and his Executives today Thursday March 10,  2021.

The case in suit NO W/2592020 was struck out by the presiding Judge, Hon. Justice O. A. Agboje of the Warri High Court-4 due to lack of documents/written instruments for the Court to interprete the originality of the summons by the Claimants; Messrs David Iwere, Omatseye Tuasor, Tuoyo Ofuyaekpone, Edema Collins and Bawo Edeoyibo, who had  earlier approached the Court  seeking six orders, including “setting aside the purported inauguration of the INYC Executives. 

Recalled that the legal Counsel to Comr. Agbateyiniro and his Executives, Barr. Presley Okojie had stated authoritatively that, his point of argument was outright dismissal of the case based on the fact that the plaintiff did not follow the rule of law. 

Monday, March 8, 2021


        Mr. Toju Ekwejournor Etchie
Executives and members of Ugbajo Itsekiri USA Inc. led by  their President, Mr. Kingsley Onuwaje  have  instituted  legal actions against Mr.Toju Etchie, Mrs. Oti Uku, a daughter of Chief Uku and their accomplices who illegally withdrew the sum of 157,000 Dollars from the Organisation's account. 

In a statement by the group which was made available to Warri Voice Newspaper, the group averred that Mr. Toju Etchie, Mrs. Oti Nwosu Uku alongside other accomplices  went to Bank of America with forged documents to change the signatories to the account and withdrew $157,000 for personal use through the help of Prof. Ogbemi Omatete.

The group further stated that  the illegal and fraudulent actions of  Mr. Toju Etchie, Oti Nwosu Uku and their accomplices are currently under investigation by law enforcement in America, stressing that, Ugbajo Itsekiri USA have retained a lawyer for further actions. 

The group reiterated their promise to hold their election come Labour Day, September, 2021 where new Executives will be sworn-in, even as they appealed to the Itsekiri nation not to fall for their lies and propaganda.

Saturday, March 6, 2021

Itsekiri Rebuilding Contractors Appeals to Governor Okowa over unpaid Projects

Itsekiri Rebuilding Contractors Appeals to Governor  Okowa over unpaid Projects 

By Tetsoma Neyin

Contractors under the aegis  of Itsekiri Rebuilding Contractors have apealed to Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State to use his good office to consider paying their balance payment for the execution of a successful project.                                                                 

The Contractors who stated that they have completed rebuilding projects of burnt Communities also praised the Governor for executing different projects for the development of the State.

The group stated that the project was approved by Dr. Emmanuel Ewetan Uduaghan who made part payment for the commencement of the building project during his second tenure in office.    
 The aggrieved unpaid contractors made this passionate appeal to Governor Okowa in a Press briefing held in Warri recently.  

Mr. Emmanuel  Mene  who spoke on behalf of the group said that "We use this medium to draw you attention to our plight which has lingered on for a long time now. It was Dr Emmanuel Uduaghan who released funds that kick started the rebuilding of some of the houses burnt down by Ijaw Militias July 2 2013 at Aja-Amita, Ebrohimi, Gbokoda, Obaghoro and Tebu Communities in ward 2 as well as Eghoro (ward 4) in Warri North LGA".

 He went further to state that "while  we thank our amiable governor for taking up all other issues concerning this matter, we appeal to your Excellency to give approval through DESOPADEC for the release of the balance payment to all Contractors who completed their building in these Communities",

"It would be recalled that these houses were burnt down by the Ijaw Militias July 2, 2013 when the Ijaws were demanding for PDP Chairmanship position in Warri North. Now that they have been given the position, we appeal to the listening Governor to kindly pay all the Contractors who built these houses". he stated.

The Contractors yet to be paid their balance are; Jelmas International Ltd, Gbemitsuli Oil & Gas Nig. Ltd, Oneritsebawo Nig. Ltd, Simaik & Co Ltd, Bemitosan Company, Vicned Global Services Ltd, Tremob Nig., Ogbara Ventures and Fresh Angle Nig. Ltd.

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