Olu Of Warri Tussle : Uncertainty As Ologbotsere, Ayiri Declares Proclamation Of Ikenwoli’s Passage Illegal, ‘New Olu’ Rejected

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There is a new twist on Monday to the olu of warri  royal tussle besieging the Itsekiri nation as the Ologbotsere of Warri, second-in-command to the Olu throne, Chief Ayirimi Emami, declared the purported announcement of the passage of the Olu Of Warri Ogiame Ikenwoli as illegal, null and void.


The Ologbotsere also declared the announcement of Prince Tsola Emiko as the throne’s successor on Monday, April 5 by a group of people to be unconstitutional.

Chief Johnson Atserunleghe, the Ologbotsere, in a spontaneous reaction to the Iyatsere of Warri kingdom’s declaration at Ode-Itsekiri, insisted that the revered Warri monarch had not joined his ancestors.

“The Olu has not joined his ancestors,” the Ologbotsere proclaimed in a terse remark. Whatever happened today at Ode-Itsekiri, in my opinion, was kangaroo in search of power.

“The Ologbotsere, who I am by God’s grace until this moment, has the authority to decree the transfer of the Olu of Warri, whenever that occurs. I should point out that the 1979 edict has not been revised to allow someone other than the Ologbotsere to pronounce the Olu of Warri’s passage.

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At a brief ceremony at Ode-Itsekiri, Chief Johnson Amatserunreleghe, the Iyatsere of Warri, declared Prince Tsola Emiko, the son of Atuwatse ll, the 19th Olu of Warri, as the new Olu of Warri.

Amatserunreleghe also announced His Royal Majesty, Ogiame Ikenwoli’s arrival at the Ode-Itsekiri, the Itsekiri people’s ancestral home.

The announcement came after a week of intrigues and bitter rhetoric that had greeted the Olu throne in recent months.

However, Ayiri Emami declared that the 1979 edict, which gazetted the conventional processes of passage and enthronement of a new Olu and has not been amended since, gives someone other than the Ologbotsere the authority to pronounce the passage of the Olu of Warri.


He insisted that nothing would be true or stand the test of time until he officially declared the passage of an Olu as specified in the Edict as reigning Ologbotsere.

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