BY GODWIN OGHRE, Sapele
The traditional leadership tussle in Ugborodo community, Warri South West Local Government Area of Delta State, appears to have taken a dramatic dimension as two separate community leaders have emerged as the Eghare-Aja (traditional ruler) of the community.
In a petition to President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, dated 3rd June, 2012, which emanated from the ‘’Office of the Egharare-Aja of Ugborodo community,” signed by Prince Ojogor Oyebor Anderson as the General Special Assistant to Eghare Wellington Ojogor, Eghare Wellington Ojogor is referred to as the ‘’Eghare-Aja (traditional head) of Ugborodo community. But in a paid advertorial by Sir P.O. Aihiokhai, on behalf of “Aihiokhai and Aihiokhai” a firm of Barristers and Solicitors, based in Warri, Delta State, one other Pa Pender Nene, is also been referred to as the Eghare-Aja (traditional head) of Ugborodo Community.
Also, while Prince Ojogor Oyebor Anderson alleged in his letter that his life and that of his father, Eghare Wellington Ojogor, were threatened by some assailants who invaded their home in Ugbeji, near Warri, about 5pm on on June 1, 2012, the advertorial by the law firm however described the allegation as spurious and unsubstantiated adding that the Special Assistant intended to ‘’cause the breach of peace in Ugborodo community which has been enjoying some peace for quite some time now.”
Again, while Prince Ojogor Oyebor Anderson said in his petition that he had reported the, incident to the Police Area Headquarters, A division, Warri, which has acted on the issue said no arrest has been made, the advertorial by the law firm insists that no such reports were found in the Ugborodo Community Police Station in Mandangho and that a threat of such magnitude should have been reported at the nearest police station.
Meanwhile, both sides have made separate plea to President Goodluck Jonathan to intervene in the assasination allegation.
While the Special Assistant is urging the President to intervene in the incident and arrest those he suspected to have trailed him and his father to a point of near assassination, the law firm say it appeals to Mr. President “to direct the Inspector General of Police to investigate the claims or allegation made by Prince Ojogor Oyebor Anderson, with a view to resolving the matter and getting to the bottom of his in substantiated allegations, because if not investigated, the allegations are likely to portray some persons in the community as professional assassins.”