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Tension in Ukwuani over claim to traditional stool

By Austin Ogwuda

ASABA—THERE is growing tension in Ukwuani Local Government Area of Delta State over chieftaincy crisis.

Consequently, in a bid to forestall any breakdown of law and order, the state government has ordered   the chairman of the council to set in motion machinery that will lead to the installation of a regent in the interim.

Security agents in the state have also beefed up security in the area to forestal any break down of law and order.

Permanent Secretary in the Directorate of Chieftaincy Affairs, Deputy Governor’s office, Asaba, Mrs. R.O. Sakpoba,  in a letter dated 17 March, 2010, addressed to the council chairman said:  “I wish to inform you that this office has been inundated with petitions on the above (Re: Imposition of Eze in Umukwata clan) and that after due considerations, the state government directed that the kingmakers of Umukwata kingdom and the traditional rulers and chiefs committee of Ukwuani local government area should set in motion machinery for the traditional installation and official recognition of a regent who will act for a period of three years before the installation of a new Okpala-Uku, in line with the declaration of Umukwata kingdom.”

“You are to inform this office of action taken on or before Friday, 31 March, 2010 and you are requested to ensure that there is no breach of peace and security in Umukwata community”.

Consequently, the Permanent Secretary in another letter addressed to one Chief Friday Abaja  stated that “you are advised in your own interest to stop parading yourself as the Ukwata (Eze) of Umukwata kingdom and desist from


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