By DANIEL GUMM
WARRI—THE crises rocking Ugborodo Community over leadership tussle between two factions, both respectively laying claim to the Ugborodo Trust Board has deepened as the Eghare-Aja of Ugborodo, Chief Wellington Ojogor, has been reportedly kidnapped, yesterday, in Warri.
The two factions laying claim to leadership are those led by Mr. David Tonwe, a former Chairman of Warri South-West Local Government Council Area in Delta State, while the other faction is led by Chief Thomas Ereyitomi.
Vanguard gathered that the group led by Chief Ereyitomi has the backing of a top member of Delta State Government, while the group led by David Tonwe has its support base from the elders of Ugborodo Community, which include the Eghare-Aja and Pa J.O.S Ayomike. Few months ago, Pa Ayomike by a whisker escaped the assassin’s bullets.
Speaking to Vanguard through the telephone, yesterday, Pa Ayomike condemned the the kidnapping of Eghare-Aja and said: “First they came to kill me, and God saved me and now they have kidnapped the Eghare-Aja. God will save Eghare-Aja also.
“These incidences are strange to Ugborodo Community. Once governments get itself involved in Ugborodo leadership tussle, this is the result.”
In his reaction, Chairman of Ugborodo Trust Board, Mr. David Tonwe condemned the kidnapping of the Eghare-Aja, saying that these “merciless acts of brigandage cannot dampen the resolve of the Ugborodo people to independently chart their course.”
He called on the police to fish out the perpetrators.