By Emma Arubi
WARRIâ€”THE people of Ifiekporo community in Warri South local government area of Delta State have rejected the Olu of Warriâ€™s panel decision imposing an acting Onare-Aja (community head) on them.
The people contended that Pa. Daniel Mewe Ejoor, as the oldest man, remained the community head.
Community Chairman, Pastor David Okoturoh, said the removal of Chief D. Ogedegbe from the palace panel would serve a good purpose, as his continued membership was creating credibility problem for Warri Traditional Council.
He added that the panelâ€™s decision to name Pa. Samuel Nikoro as acting head when Pa. Ejoor was still alive and fit amounted to a miscarriage of justice.
They said the recognized Ifiekporo community head was Pa. Daniel Mewe Ejoor, adding that it was the founder of Ifiekporo that gave out parcels of land to the neighbouring communities.
The people also noted that there was no boundary dispute between the community and Ijala, the ancestral burial ground for all late Itsekiri monarchs.
The placard-carrying protesters, who staged a peaceful demonstration to the home of Pa. D M. Ejoor, charged him to take steps towards ensuring peace in the community, just as they told him that certain youths in the community were no longer fit to hold office and should stop parading themselves as executives to avoid problems.
The people accused the alleged unfit persons and Pa. Samuel Nikoro as collaborators in the indiscriminate sales of community land running into millions of naira without due consultation and rendering of proper account to the community.
They stated that as the reason they were always fomenting trouble and refusing to leave office, noting that â€œit is the people that appointed them. If they say you should leave, you do not need to fight them before leaving.â€