By Emma Arubi
WARRIâ€”THE traditional ruler of Egrangbene Kingdom in Burutu Council Area of Delta State, HRM Pere Henry Ambakederemor Okrikpa, Egbine Agbe Daufa 1, has said that his people would continue to support Governor Emmanuel Uduaghanâ€™s peace and security agenda to create the enabling environment for the smooth operations of government and oil multinationals.
He also lamented that since his installation and crowning on March 16, 2009, the royal father of neighbouring kingdom has not given him any peace of mind, saying that all developmental efforts put in place by his people have been thwarted through a terrorist gang from that kingdom.
The embattled monarch said that six of the 11 villages that formerly made up Oporomor Kingdom before they seceded to form Egrangbene Kingdom are from one descendant and speak a different Ijaw dialect which distinguishes them from the others, noting that they were unique and from Ogbe-Ijoh in Warri South-West Council Area of the state.
Speaking to Vanguard in an exclusive interview in Warri yesterday, a member of the Egrangbene Council of Chiefs, Chief Samuel Eriide Brizimor, who is the â€œPere Gbolu of Egrangbene Kingdom, said they were not of the Ojobo descendants and that they â€œare homogenous, compact and clustered around the same area for administrative purpose.â€
He explained that government recognition of a traditional ruler and the issuance of a staff of office is a process that takes time and that they shall get it at the appropriate time, pointing out that there were many new kingdoms in the state like the Okere-Urhobo Kingdom in Warri, the Jesse Kingdom in Mosogar, Oghara, Ethiope West and Owuarivie Kingdom in Abraka, Ethiope East, respectively.