BY FESTUS AHON
UGHELLI – CHAIRMAN of Sapele Okpe community, Sapele Local Government Area, Delta State, Mr. Michael Egbejule, has warned against burial of non-indigenes in the council.
Appealing to the Delta State government and other relevant authorities to call the Diden family in Sapele, who purportedly buried one of their family members in Sapele last week to order, he alleged that their action in recent times was threatening the peace in the community.
Speaking to newsmen in Sapele over what he termed an the act of provocation and flagrant violation of the orders of the Orojde of Okpe Kingdom, which forbids non-Sapele natives from being buried in Sapele, Egbejule alleged that “the Diden family has consistently shown disdain to the Orojde’s order.”
According to him, the Diden’s family; “have buried one of their son’s, late Precious Diden against Orojde’s standing order in Sapele.”
Egbejule added that these set of family are exploiting their alleged closeness to the state governor, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan to undermine the Okpe’s traditional institution. He said; “if not checked it is capable of overheating the system and could lead to break down of public peace.”
He said the community may resort to self help if the state governor continues to shoal this individual to continue to undermine the Orojde’s order, adding; “we cannot continue to watch and allow one family to over-run the Sapele okpe community.”
He therefore urged the governor to take necessary action to prevent possible break down of law and order in Sapele by calling those using his name to cause trouble in Sapele local government area to order.