THE Efeyota of Okpe Kingdom, Delta State, Chief Isaacs Tebu, has questioned the claim by Uvwie Kingdom to the traditional possession of Ohorhe villages, saying the joint committee inaugurated by the monarchs of both Urhobo kingdoms to determine the title produced an inconclusive report.
Tebu, a national legal adviser of the Urhobo Progress Union, UPU, told NDV: “There was disagreement between Okpe/Uvwie kingdoms over the traditional ownership of Ohorhe villages, consequent on which the two monarchs constituted an 18-man joint committee to look into the dispute on May 16, 2013 at the palace of the Ovie of Uvwie.
“The joint committee could not arrive at a unified set of findings and recommendations, while the joint inconclusive report was submitted to both monarchs on July 19, 2017 at the Orodje’s palace for their necessary action.
“The assertion of Uvwie people to the traditional ownership of Ohorhe villages for now is tendentious while arbitration is still ongoing,” he said.
The legal practitioner added: “More unfortunate is the action of our representative at the House of Representatives, Hon. Evelyn Oboro, who has shown grave partisanship in the dispute by presenting a petition on behalf of Uvwie people to the House of Representatives, claiming ownership of the said villages and asking the Nigerian Army to relinquish part of Ohorhe land to the Uvwie people.
“It is shocking that the petition has undergone hearing for the third time at the committee state of the House of Representatives. The Okpe people are also the constituents of Hon. Oboro just like the Uvwie people because she is representing Okpe/Sapele/Uvwie Federal Constituency at the House of Representatives,” he said.
His words: “Her position in the present dispute over the traditional ownership of Ohorhe villages at the House of Representatives is a betrayal of the Okpe people and it is unnecessarily giving the Uvwie people a political mileage and advantage in the dispute.”