Olu Of Warri Tussle: Prince Petitions IGP

The presiding judge, on sighting the hoodlums, quickly rose and the proceedings of that day was abruptly halted.

Prince Oyowoli Emiko, the eldest son of the immediate past monarch, HRM Ogiame Ikonwoli, has petitioned the Inspector-General of Police (IGP) and chairman of the Warri branch of the Nigeria Bar Association (NBA) over alleged threats to his life as the kingmakers prepare to confirm and coronate the new Olu of Warri.

In a three-page petition dated June 21, Prince Oyowoli Emiko urged the IGP and NBA chairman to investigate the claimed threat.

The petition, entitled: “Unwarranted attack, violence invasion of the court of justice, in the Warri Judicial Division” alleged that after the death of his father on December 20, 2020, he was duly selected as the consensus candidate for the throne of Olu of Warri by the Ginuwa 1 Ruling House, in accordance with the Traditional Rulers and Chiefs Edict of 1979.

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He said a twist came when a faction of the Olu of Warri Advisory Council led on April 5, 2021 announced Tsola Emiko as Olu of Warri-designate (Omoba). He said the sudden change of plan on the new Olu of Warri selection was in violation of the 1979 edict.

Oyowoli Emiko said not satisfied with the choice of Olu Advisory Council, he and those who believe he should be the new Olu of Warri, in accordance with tradition, decided to approach the court for redress.

“I, therefore, instructed my lawyer, Chief E.L. Akpofure, SAN to institute a suit in the Warri Judicial Division. In suit No.W/104/2021 now known as the case between Prince Oyowoli Emiko vs Prince Utieyinoritsetsola Emiko and nine others, I challenged the process that brought about the emergence of Prince Tsola Emiko as the Omoba (Olu of Warri designate). There are contentious issues surrounding the emergence of Prince Tsola Emiko as Omoba (Olu of Warri designate),” he said.

He alleged that hoodlums disrupted the court proceeding and threatened his life on June 17, 2021 inside the premises of Warri High Court, where they had gone to seek an exparte motion on Suit No. W/104/2021.

“These hoodlums chased out lawyers, litigants and court staff from the court premises. The presiding judge, on sighting the hoodlums, quickly rose and the proceedings of that day was abruptly halted,” he said in the petition,” he said.

The prince alleged that the hoodlums also “attacked the judges’ chambers, cars/vehicles packed at the court premises and assaulted some of the court staff, alongside litigants and lawyers who were in the court to perform their legitimate duties.”

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He asked for the intervention of the IGP and the NBA chairman, saying that if such action by hoodlums is not checked “judges, lawyers and litigants will no longer feel safe either to approach the courts and for the courts to carry out it functions of administering justice.”

Source: Daily Sun

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