The people of Ogulagha Community disowns her Monarch in a press release made available to newsmen.
According to the press statement, the people of Ogulagha Community accused the monarch, as the brain behind all the major crisis and killing in the community. They also describe his leadership as tyrannic in nature.
The statement thus reads;
OGULAGHA COMMUNITY IN BURUTU LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA OF DELTA STATE DISOWNS THEIR MONARCH, H.R.M.ELDER. CAPT. KING JOSEPH .I. TIMIYAN (JP) ; ALSO STOPS HIM FROM INTERFERING IN THE TRADITIONAL, SOCIOCULTURAL, POLITICAL, ADMINISTRATIVE AND ECONOMIC ACTIVITIES OF THE COMMUNITY HENCEFORTH.
We wish to respectfully draw the attention of His Excellency, Sen. Dr. Ifeanyi A. Okowa; the Governor of Delta State to the precarious State of Ogulagha Community, Burutu Local Government Area. The tyrant actions of the paramount ruler towards the community have assumed a horrendous, intolerable, excruciating and unbearable level, as a result the Elders, Executives, Youths, Women, Children and entire people of Ogulagha Community wish to notify His Excellency of her decision to opt out of the draconic rulership of HRM Elder Capt. Joseph I Timiyan (JP). We’ve also resolved that HRM should not be involved in all communications, transactions and dealings for and on behalf of Ogulagha Community henceforth.
This action is necessitated by the following facts:
i. OVERBEARING CONTROL ON THE POLITICAL AND ADMINISTRATIVE SYSTEM OF OGULAGHA COMMUNITY.
ii.HIJACK, SEIZURE AND CONTROL OF THE ECONOMY AND FINANCE OF THE COMMUNITY.
iii. COMPLETE DISRESPECT AND DISREGARD OF THE ELDERS AND PEOPLE OF OGULAGHA COMMUNITY.
iv. REFUSAL TO RECOGNISE OGULAGHA COMMUNITY AS THE KINGDOM HEADQUARTERS, SCUTTLING ALL EFFORT TO BUILD A BEFITTING PALACE IN THE KINGDOM HEADQUARTERS THEREBY OPERATING FROM HIS RESIDENCE IN OGBORIKOKO, UVWIE LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA.
V. ALLEGATION OF SPONSORSHIP OF CRIMINALS AND MILITANTS TO CAUSE MAYHEM IN OGULAGHA COMMUNITY THROUGH CHIEF PETER TUASINDE AND OTHERS.
OVERBEARING CONTROL ON THE POLITICAL AND ADMINISTRATIVE SYSTEM OF OGULAGHA COMMUNITY.
His Excellency Sir, Ogulagha Community has an existing governing structure, bound by a constitution that was promulgated in 1998, the formation of every government is through a delegate election, and franchise is strictly for the people of Ogulagha community. But since assuming the throne, the Paramount Ruler has always interfered with the electoral processes, dictating who should hold specific offices in the community, in most cases imposing on the community who should be the chairman; youth president and women leadership. This act of impertinence has always resulted in demonstrations, crisis and violence. This is what has replayed itself in Ogulagha Community leading to the untimely demise of the Chairman Captain Solomon Prebor. Where a government installed does not display administrative loyalty towards the Paramount Ruler, he has his gritty chiefs who he uses as tools to primitively overthrow such Government. The main reason is to install an executive loyal to the Paramount Ruler through which the Administration of the community can be influenced and manipulated by the monarch. This has encumbered the development of the community; it is no longer acceptable by us.
Your Excellency sir, please recall that, the Capt. Solomon Prebor led executive was made possible through your unbiased intervention, having perused through the constitution of the Ogulagha community when the issue was brought to your desk.
HIJACK, SEIZURE AND REGULATION OF THE ECONOMY AND FINANCE OF THE OGULAGHA COMMUNITY.
His Excellency, Ogulagha Community plays host to several onshore and offshore Oil exploration companies and therefore a critical national stakeholder with very robust Economic and financial activity, notable amongst these companies are:
(1) Shell Petroleum Development Company. (S.P.D.C). and subsidiaries.
(2) Britttania-U Nigeria Limited.
(4) Nigerian Agip Oil Company. (N.A.O.C).
The systemic operational modalities is that all oil exploration companies situated beyond two hundred meters (200m) off the coast is administered by the kingdom, (until his assumption on the throne by this Paramount Ruler, the kingdom Administration was hitherto handled by a body known as OGULAGHA KINGDOM COUNCIL (O.K.C)). O.K.C was dissolved technically and its functions taken over by the Paramount Ruler and some favorite Chiefs. Your Excellency sir, it will interest you to know that the present autocratic paramount Ruler was once a beneficiary of O.K.C as its president before ascending the throne.
All oil exploration companies located within two hundred meters (200m) offshore and land are administered by the communities through the Community Development Committees (Community Executives) and the mediating organ, GMOU Community Trust (CT).
This defines the economic activities in the communities, the communities provides peaceful and enabling environment for the companies to operate while the companies in return promote the human and capital resources development as well as meeting their corporate social responsibilities to the community (CSR). Specifically providing employment and awarding of contract following due process and taking into cognizance local content law.
The Paramount Ruler has completely taken over the Ogulagha Community Executive functions, specifically regulating the economic climate of the community to protect his personal interest at the detriment of the entire community.
A.G.O supply which is for the empowerment of the community members has been hijack by the Paramount Ruler.
The Paramount Ruler installs members of SPDC GMOU board in all communities to protect his interest. The GMOU board since inception has not render account and presented the annual audited account statement to the general assembly as stipulated by the GMOU on the strict orders of the paramount ruler.
Developmental projects by Brittania-U Nigeria limited has been cornered and waylaid by the paramount ruler, whereas the CEO claimed that she has executed quite a number of physical projects in Ogulagha community in a publication in a Nigerian daily, there is nothing to show on the ground. His Excellency, we wish to inform you that Ogulagha kingdom has 2% share capital, registered in CAC document with Brittania-U Nig. Ltd, but is yet to receive a penny from the company since 2007 till date.
The Employment system in the kingdom is also shrouded in top secrecy, the paramount ruler would always promoted ghost workers where we have unemployed youth patronizing vices and roaming the streets in the community. In a recent employment the paramount ruler took the slot of C.L.O as ghost.
It is quite appalling, downgrading, and a complete embarrassment to the stool and no longer tolerable by the people of Ogulagha Community.
COMPLETE DISRESPECT AND DISREGARD OF THE ELDERS AND PEOPLE OF OGULAGHA COMMUNITY.
There are different strata of the community working together to ensure security and safety of lives and properties, they form the totality of the people of Ogulagha to maintain a peaceful and serene atmosphere for sustainable development and governance, the hierarchy is as follows: The Elders Council, Advisory Council, Executive Council, Representative Council, Youths Group and the Women Group. In a responsible monarchial system, the paramount ruler is expected to work with these groups in harmony, coordinating the activities in the community, but the reverse is the case, the paramount ruler of Ogulagha Kingdom has no respect for the groups in Ogulagha Community, he has no respect for the elders who are the real custodians and propagators of the social and traditional institutions of the community, indeed it is atrocious to state that the paramount ruler in his bid to amass wealth for himself and his self-installed chiefs has completely dismantled these respected structures. He has no respect for our elders. Recently, in a bid for the elders to intervene in the imbroglio that gave rise to the disturbance in the community and eventual death of the chairman, the Elders visited the paramount ruler to consult with him on the way out, but most unfortunately they were driven out of his residence in Ogborikoko, Uvwie Local Government Area which he claims as his palace. After the incident, the paid thugs of the paramount ruler went to the houses of each of the Elders and threatened to kill them. It is a disaster and very unfortunate situation, this is one out of many cases and the people of Ogulagha Community can no longer take it.
iv REFUSAL TO RECOGNISE OGULAGHA COMMUNITY AS THE KINGDOM HEADQUARTERS , SCUTTLING OF EFFORT TO BUILD A BEFITTING PALACE IN THE KINGDOM THEREBY OPERATING FROM HIS RESIDENCE IN OGBORIKOKO IN UVWIE LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA.
Efforts have been made since his assumption on the throne to make the paramount ruler reside within the Kingdom; to this end the people of Ogulagha employed every means to convince the Paramount Ruler to build a befitting Palace in the headquarters of the kingdom but to no avail, the paramount ruler was quoted as saying that Ogulagha Community is not the headquarters of the kingdom as such he is not prepared to build any palace in Ogulagha, he rather prefers to sit and operate from his residence in Ovwie Local Government Area, this is a demonstration of his salient anger for the people of Ogulagha Community and lack of interest in the development of the community, a large span of land has already been apportion for this purpose . We are of the opinion that Joseph Timiyan as the paramount ruler is doing more harm than good to our community; we can no longer endure and suffer in silence.
ALLEGATION OF SPONSORSHIP OF CRIMINALS AND MILITANTS TO CAUSE MAYHEM IN OGULAGHA COMMUNITY THROUGH CHIEF PETER TUASINDE AND SOME PALACE CHIEFS.
It is the function of paramount rulers to promote peace and secure lives and properties in their domain; the reverse is the case with the paramount ruler of Ogulagha Kingdom, he is alleged to be the sponsor of the criminalities and militancy in Ogulagha kingdom, these are some of the information Capt. Solomon Prebor had that made the paramount ruler pursue him to his untimely death. The brutal, vicious and atrocious activities are carried out on behalf of the paramount ruler by Chief. Peter Tuasinde and some chiefs. (An audio visual recorded confession of one of the militants; Mr. Jacob Isama is enclosed for your viewing). A copy is with FCIID Abuja. We request that Chief. Peter Tuasinde and Mr. Jacob Isama is arrested, investigated and prosecuted. We cannot be ruled by a criminal friendly paramount ruler.
The Ogulagha people have been suffocating under the rulership of Joseph Timiyan, the paramount ruler is simply using his position to usurp all the resources and finances of the community to himself and using his huge wealth to dominate and oppress the people.
It is in light of the foregoing; climaxed by the recent disturbance in Ogulagha community, where the most unfortunate incidence in the history of Ogulagha Community took place, the petitioning of the Chairman, the Chairlady and the General Secretary to EFCC, with the paramount ruler sacrilegiously and profanely witnessing against his subjects, and the eventual untimely death of our amiable Chairman Capt. Solomon Prebor , and the ensuing protest in the community; where properties were destroyed; Ogulagha people sudden realized that it is time to act before it is too late.
ACTION BY THE OGULAGHA PEOPLE:
The Ogulagha People therefore wish to graciously notify His Excellency the Governor of Delta State, Sen. Dr. Ifeanyi A. Okowa and indeed the entire public that:
(1) We have totally disowned the Paramount Ruler of Ogulagha kingdom; Elder. Capt. Joseph I. Timiyan (JP).
(2) Elder. Capt. Joseph I. Timiyan should henceforth stop parading himself as the monarch of Ogulagha Community.
(3) Henceforth, the Socio-Cultural/traditional institution of the Ogulagha people shall be handled by the AMAZINAWEI of Ogulagha Community and all related correspondence should be addressed to the office of the Amazinawei; (to be communicated shortly).
(4) All Multinational Companies, specifically SPDC,Brittania-U Nig. Ltd, Government Agencies, individuals and Corporate Organizations operating in Ogulagha community should cease to deal with Elder. Capt. King. Joseph I. Timiyan forthwith.
(5) The following Chiefs should be arrested, investigated and prosecuted on the remote causes of the crisis in Ogulagha Community:
i. Chief. Peter Tuasinde
ii. Chief. John Diegbegha
iii. Chief. Samuel Timiyan (JP)
iv. Chief. Karawei Prefugha (JP)
v. Chief. Hon. Macdonald Anoruse
vi. Mr. Francis Boumiebi (JP)
The Delta state government and the general public are hereby informed that, the late Capt. Solomon Prebor led executive which was duly elected by the community still subsist, therefore, anyone or group of persons parading themselves as a caretaker committee members should be arrested and prosecuted by the security agents.
His Excellency is kindly invited to passionately consider the plight of the Ogulagha people with Godly understanding as we begin to enforce our six-point prayers above, please.
Community Executive council.
Mr. Ambrose Guwor——
Mr. Luwatimi.S. Guwor——–
Pastor Christopher Isiayei——-
Elder Frank .S. Iseh ——
Elder Monday Menifugha——-
Elder Agediga Henry————
Elder Mark Ifoye———-
Papa Gutter Lukpe——-
Mr. Thomas Zaide ————
Mr. Mackson kerede———-
Chief Obudu Angiama———
Idumu (Qtr) chairmen representatives;
Mr. Raymond Johnny———–
Mr. William Jack—————–
Hon. Obedient Guwor———-
Hon. Wilfred Anoruse———–
Hon. Jeremiah Ikpa————–
Mr. ThankGod Iyoroagba——–
Mrs. Dianna Vote——–
Mrs. Faith Ololotiti Felix——
Mrs. Bebedonghan Akontua——
Mrs. Iyabagha Demebi———-
1.Secretary to the State Government,
- The Commissioner of Police,
- Commander 3’ Battalion,
Effurun, Delta State.
- JTF Commander, Warri.
- Sector 1 Commander
Area Commander, warri.
Ministry Of Chieftaincy Affairs.
Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC).
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