WARRIâ€”THE Deputy Governor of Delta State, Professor Amos Utuama (SAN), has described as false, the claim that he stopped the Ovie of Uvwie kingdom, His Royal Majesty Emmanuel Sideso, from visiting Enerhen community because of his vested interest in the dispute between Udu and Uvwie kingdoms in the state.
His Press Secretary, Mr. Tunke Bisina, in a statement yesterday said the allegation, which was made by an Uvwie chief in a press briefing, was untrue, adding, â€œHisÂ Excellency wishes to state categorically that he has no such vested interest as insinuated.
His Excellency, then the Acting Governor, received security report on the eve of the proposed visit to the effect that there was going to be a breach of the peace in the area over the planned visit.
â€œAccordingly, then, as the chief security officer of the state, His Excellency had to advise against the visit in the larger interest of peace and security of lives and property.
â€œIn short, the Ovie of Uvwie Kingdom, Abe I, His Royal Majesty Emmanuel Sideso, graciously heeded the advice and assured that the two kingdoms, Udu and Uvwie, would not go to war under his reign.
â€œThe Ovie told reporters that the allegation by the said chief was, â€˜not the position of the palace. A report on the Uvwie and Udu boundary dispute is being expected.
The government felt that it would create some breach of security and I was advised not to go there and I obeyed. I did not instruct him to go to the press. He has to clear from me as the king before issuing any statement on such issues.â€™
â€œIt is common knowledge that the Uvwie and Udu kingdoms have been having dispute over the ownership of Enerhen Community. Government, though, had raised a committee to look into the dispute but it is still studying the recommendation,â€ he stated.