By Emma Arubi
WARRIâ€”THE Olu ofÂ Warri, His Majesty, Ogiame Atuwatse 11 (CON), weekend appointed Chief Rita Lori-Ogbebor as the new administrative head of the Yowunren and Agbeje Ruling Council of Ugbuwangue town in Warri South local government area of Delta State.
The royal father, who terminated the almost 12 years uninterrupted dominion of the community affairs by one Mr. Agindotan Yowuren, also ordered the immediate revocation of all Ugbuwangue community land sold out by Mr. Agindotan to individuals and corporate organizations without his consent and approval of the community head (Olara-aja), Ambassador Preston Egbe.
Announcing the removal of the former head of the Yowunren and Agbeje Ruling Council chairman before a mammoth crowd that included palace chiefs and notable Itsekiri sons and daughters in his palace weekend, Ogiame Atuwatse 11 expressed regret and disappointment over the manner the said Agindotan had been running the affairs of the community like a privately owned company.
Mr. Agindotan, who denied knowledge of land sales before the monarch publicly, only conceded when Mr. Nesiama tendered documents to show that he knew more than he was telling the Warri monarch.
Mr. Agindotan then argued with the Olu of Warri on the appointment of Chief Rita Lori-Ogbebor as his replacement, adding that the astute woman leader was not from Ugbuwangue community.
Contrary to Agindotan’s claim, prominent natives of the community told Vanguard that Chief Rita Lori-Ogbebor is from the Okuku family of Ugbuwangue and that appointment would put the community and people in good stead, as all community heritage hitherto seized, including lands and the market would now revert to the community.
Meanwhile, jubilation has continued to greet the decision of the Warri monarch in removing Mr. Agindotan, as the head of administration of the community, just as all his key supporters have deserted him as evident in his coming to the palace alone to receive the news of his removal.