Ite Brown Wades Into Owhrode Crisis

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Warri – The leadership crisis rocking Owhrode Community in Udu Local Government Area of Delta State may soon go down in history with a directive on the incumbent Executive of the community.  In line with the directive, Mr. Michael Odjo, President General would vacate office on March 27, 2018 for the new leadership to be led by Edafe Oghenekaro.

Following the destruction visited on the community by the warring factions, the Udu Council boss, Chief Jite Brown, on Monday held a meeting with the leaders of Owhrode community where the issues were addressed and agreement reached to the effect that the current Executive should stay till March 27, 2018, while a committee headed by the Council Vice Chairman is to look into ways of addressing the loss suffered by those whose properties were destroyed during the crisis.

The crisis resulted in destruction of about five buildings in the community while several persons sustained varying degrees of injuries as youths from the two warring factions in the leadership tussle deployed dangerous weapons against one another with the police making some arrests.

According to the DPO of Ovwian-Aladja Police Division, DSP J.A Esegine, who briefed the meeting on the genesis of the crisis, the crisis was triggered by alleged attempt by the incumbent executive to secure a one year extension of their tenure which was expected to have elapsed since September 2017 through constitutional amendment of tenure of the Owhrode community Executive from two years to three years. But this was being stoutly resisted by some interest groups in the community, who believed that those who amended the constitution must not benefit from the three year tenure proposed in the constitution.

He reported further that when the matter came to a head, President General of the Union of Udu Communities, Chief Steve Sokoh waded into the matter in October 2017, recommending a three months extension of tenure for the leadership which expired in December 2017. He added that the Executive later secured a court injunction restraining the elders from swearing in the new executive for the community who were already elected in line with extant laws in the community, pending the determination of the substantive suit bordering on whether the incumbent executive could benefit from the constitution they gave the community.

The restraining order was vacated by the court on February 6 and the latest crisis was triggered by supposed plans by the elders to inaugurate the new Executive which was resisted by some interest group in the community resulting in mayhem. Many people ended up in the hospitals while properties worth millions of naira were destroyed in the melee that ensued.

‘’The intervention of the council boss is expected to calm tempers so that Owhrode could give peace a chance’’, Barr Joshua Yarhere, a leader in the community said at the end of the meeting.

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Author: Justice Iyasere