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Panic in Rivers over renewed chieftaincy tussle

By Davies Iheamnachor
PORT HARCOURT – RESIDENTS of Ataba community, Andoni Local Government Area of Rivers State are now living in fear, following a renewed tussle for the rulership of the community.

The community had experienced chieftaincy tussle for over 38 years, which was resolved in 2015, following a consent judgment by an Appeal Court on the matter.

However, there are indications that some persons, who are not satisfied with the ruling of the court, have commenced a move to sack the incumbent paramount ruler of the community and have filed fresh court papers.

Speaking in Port Harcourt Monday on the development, the Paramount Ruler, His Royal Highness, King Benson Mgbowaji Hebron, Egwenre Oruk XVII, Okan-Ama of Ataba, noted that the move by some individuals in the area was not in the interest of the community.

The monarch lamented that some people were collaborating with politicians to sack him from the throne and cause trouble in the community.

The Okan-Ama of Ataba, who noted that the stool was not in contention after the court judgment, wondered why some people in the community have allowed themselves to be used to foment trouble over the throne.

Meanwhile, Chief Isaac Irawaji, Oruk XVI, who is the Traditional Prime Minister of Ataba, urged those behind the moves to sheathe their sword.



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