By Emma Arubi
WARRIâ€”DELTA State government has ordered the traditional ruler of Oporomo Kingdom in Burutu local government council area of the state to immediately lift all the obnoxious sanctions and illegal levies unjustly imposed on innocent citizens of Egrangbene kingdom, saying that they were unconstitutional.
Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan gave the order during a security meeting at Government House Annex in Warri, held over issues of power tussle and creation of a nascent kingdom between two rival kings in Burutu.
Represented by the Deputy Governor, Prof. Amos Utuama, the governor advised that due process be adhered to and letters written to appropriate quarters for government action in the process of seeking approval and recognition for the purpose of issuance of a staff of office.
However, a community leader in Egrangbene kingdom, Mr. Francis Maku, told Vanguard in an exclusive interview in Warri that governmentâ€™s order was not being obeyed by the royal father of Oporomo kingdom.
He regretted that the people were still being subjected to all manners of sanctions, illegal levies, restrictions/hostage and expressed dismay over the deliberate lies by one Mr. Biukeme Benibo of the Egrangbene Patriotic Forum over the true outcome of the security meeting with the state government as published by the group last Friday.
Maku described the said publication as intended to mislead the public and cause disaffection among the followers of HRM Henry Ambakederemo Okrikpa, Egbine-Agbe Daufa 1, the Pere of Egrangbene kingdom and charged them to disregard the publication in its entirety.
He also charged the people of Egrangbene to remain steadfast in their struggle to regain their freedom from the oppression, marginalisation, suppression, intimidation and humiliation being meted on them by the Oporomo monarch.
The community leader appealed to the police authorities to properly investigate the false allegation against a prominent son of Egrangbene kingdom, with a view to prosecuting anyone found to be giving false information to the police for selfish reasons.
He added that those fabricating lies against Egrangbeneâ€™s collective interest were enemies of progress playing out the script of their masters.