By Akpokona Omafuaire
WARRI â€” Tension mounts in Egbema Kingdom of Warri North Local Government Area of Delta State as a traditional ruler, HRM Gold Oro Eyituoyo Tiemo, the Agadagba of Egbema, has been accused of activities capable of fueling communal crisis in the peaceful oil producing Opuama commu-nity.
The accusation is contai-ned in a letter dated 9 April 2010, addressed to Acting President Goodluck Jonathan, urging him to urgently intervene in order to avert the imminent communal crisis being instigated by the traditional ruler.
The letter, made available to Vanguard, was signed by the community elders, including: Mr. Ideyou Bobomi, Chief Lowei Toru, Chief Sahare Ugedi, Chief Godwin Tulu.
It read in part:Â â€œWe, the people of Opuama, a major oil producing community in Egbema Kingdom, Warri North LGA, Delta State, are known to beÂ peace-loving and law abiding citizens of Nigeria.
â€œThe existing peace in Opuama is currently being threatened by the activities of HRM Gold Eyituoyo Tiemo, the Agadagba of Egbema, who is now instigating the people of the community against each other. It could lead to break down of law and order, as we the elders of the community are worried of what could be the aftermath of the imminent communal crisis.
Cause of conflict
â€œIn order to have a focused leadership, and a possible direction inÂ attracting development to the community, preciselyÂ on 19 December 2008, the entire people of Opuama gathered and appointed ChiefÂ Augustine J. Ukulor (JP) as the Amananawei of Opuama, (meaning leader of the community)Â in line with the customs of the community.
â€œUnfortunately for Gold Eyituoyo Tiemo, who is worried by the unrelenting effort of Chief Ukulor towards attracting development to the community, the monarch chose the path of anarchy by instigating some members of the community who are his cronies to breach the existing peace in the community.â€
The elders warned that the community would resist any attempt by the monarch to distract Chief Augustine Ukulor from continuing the good works he had started for the development of the community.
They said the Amanana-wei of Opuama title had nothing to do with kingship of Egbema kingdom, adding that his mandate was to oversee only the affairs of Opuama community and not the royalty of Egbema.
*Warns of imminent crisis