By Akpokona Omafuaire
WARRI – Justice A. Onojovwo of a Delta State High Court sitting in Ozoro, has held that HRM R. L. Ogbon, Ogoni-Oghoro, Ohworode of Olomu Kingdom, is not the prescribed authority to confer chieftaincy titles on deserving persons but cannot be dethroned.
The judgment ended the 13-year suit by the Igboze factional chiefs of Olomu Kingdom to unseat the Ohworode.
The factional chiefs had dragged Ogbon to court, praying the court to declare the Ohworode unfit to confer chieftaincy titles.
They had also asked the court to revoke all chieftaincy titles so far conferred by the monarch since 1998 and ratify a purported dethronement of the King in 1998 by the Odjenigbovwan group on account of his refusal to subject himself to the authority of the Odjenigbovwan, who is more of a Prime Minister to the Igboze shrine.
The Ohworode was also accused of not fraternising with them because of his Christian beliefs.
The legal battle led to disunity in the community as Igboze chiefs operate a factional traditional council of chiefs led by the Odjenigbovwan separate from the authorised and gazetted Traditional Council of Chiefs led by the Ohworode.