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Oleh monarch returns from exile

By Festus Ahon

UGHELLI — AFTER over five months in self-exile, the Odion’Olo-gbo of Oleh Kingdom, Isoko South Local Government Area of Delta State, HRM Anthony Ovrawah, has returned to his palace amid pumps and pageantry.

It would be recalled that the monarch fled the kingdom 14 November 2009 in the wake of the crisis that led to the razing of his palace and cars.

Speaking at the reception organised in his honour by Oleh community, the monarch said he had forgiven those who razed his palace and urged those who he may have offended to also forgive him.

He said, “it has been five months and 16 days since I left this palace 14 November 2009. I thank the kings from other kingdoms for accompanying me to my palace after the historical event that made me leave my kingdom and for their support, particularly the Orodje of Okpe.

“Nobody drove me from the palace. I had to leave for security reasons and if I had not left, only God knows what would have happened.”

I thank God that I am back in my palace. I have come back to reconcile with the people of my kingdom.

“I am not ready to take anybody to court on this issue. I have forgiven all those who have sinned against me. And I want to appeal to all those that I may have offended to also forgive me.”

The Orodje of Okpe in his remark, thanked Oleh people for accepting their king back, but frowned on the razing of the palace of the Odion’Ologbo.

He challenged the people of Oleh to come together to rebuild the palace and enjoined them to prove the unity for which they were known.

He thanked Delta State governor, Dr Emmanuel Uduaghan, his deputy, Prof Amos Utuama, the council chairman, Chief Askia Ogieh, and security agents for providing security for the Oleh monarch.

President General of the Oleh community, Sir Samson Olugua, thanked the traditional rulers for the solidarity they gave to their monarch, especially the Orodje of Okpe, who played host to him (the Odion’Ologbo) all through the period he was away.


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