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Gbekebor warns Obotebe monarch on planned tour

By Emma Arubi
WARRI — AS ownership claims to the land hosting Nigerian Agip Oil Company (NAOC) Grangbene Deep “A” location project in Burutu, Delta State, heats up, the Gbekebor Monitoring Group (GMG) has advised the traditional ruler of rival Obotebe Kingdom not to venture into 15 communities allegedly belonging to them in his planned tour of the area to avoid crisis.

Gbekebor Kingdom and its neighbouring Obotete King-dom have been locked in a battle over ownership of the land hosting Grangbene Deep A project of NAOC.

The GMG also called on Governor Emmanuel Udua-ghan and all security agencies in the state to prevail on HRH S. O.  Akemotubo Ezewei I, the Ebenanawei of Obotebe Kingdom and his subjects to work towards a peaceful and cordial relationship with the people of Gbekebor not to break the fragile peace existing in the area.

In a statement signed by Mr. Eniye Layefa and Mr. Gabriel Ebiye, the GMG gave the names of the commu-nities the revered royal father should not visit as oruwaregbene, Yayorogbene, Ogbolokisegbene, Ekorogbene, Ekrengungbene, Ebiyegbene and Esoun Creek.

Others are Tuogbene, Diribaghagbene, Ogbogbene, Tonygbene, Bomukangha, Oroutuo Island, Penfold Islans, Torufagbene and Adigbomu respectively.

According to the GMG, they need to inform the state and federal governments of the planned tour of these communities by the Obotebe monarch, as the tour is capable of igniting serious communal crisis with far-reaching calamitous consequences.


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