Rivers: Rumuolumeni community crisis deepens, as Nkpor insists on autonomy

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Barth Ndubuwah, Port Harcourt

There seem to be no end to the current crisis rocking the Rumuolumeni Community, in Obio/Akpor Local Government Area of Rivers State, as one of the families that make up the Community, Nkpor claims to have ceded from Rumuolumeni Community.

Speaking to Nigerian NewsDirect Newspaper, the Paramount Ruler of Rumuolumeni, HRH Eze Ndubeze Wobo Okocha, Olumeni XI said it is sacrilegious for Nkpor or anybody that is not of Okocha Group of Houses to aspire to the throne of the Paramount Ruler of  Rumuolumeni Community, in Akpor Kingdom.

According to Eze Ndubeze, their forefather, Olumeni had settled other seven children in one way or the other and used the Paramount Ruler’s stool to settle his first son,Okocha.

He denied marginalizing Nkpor family or Ikechi Wagbara, who nows claims to be the Paramount Ruler of a non-existent Nkpor Kingdom.

Okocha was categorical that even Rumuolumeni Community as a whole cannot attempt to be autonomous from Akpor Kingdom, how much less Nkpor family.

He stressed that Nkpor remains part and parcel of Rumuolumeni Community.

The Royal Father ruled out any plan to institute legal suit against Wagbara or Nkpor people, adding that as the father of Rumuolumeni Community, he is ready to forgive and welcome Nkpor people if they repent.

“We have sent petitions to the Divisional Police Officer(DPO),Commissioner of Police (CP),Area Command, State Security Service(SSS), Rivers State Council of Traditional Rulers and Obio/Akpor Local Government Council.

So  If Ikechi Wagbara and his team repent and come back, I have no option than to forgive and receive them. They are part of the Rumuolumeni Council of Chiefs and their slot is still vacant. Any day they are ready, I will crown one of them as a Chief and he becomes a member of the Rumuolumeni Council of Chiefs,” Eze Okocha explained.

On his part, the self-acclaimed Paramount Ruler of Nkpor Community, Eze Ikechi Wagbara said their action was informed by continuous marginalization of Nkpor by Rumuolumeni people. He described their continuous stay with Rumuolumeni Community as living in Egypt, which they can no longer bear.

“Nkpor will not go back to Egypt, called Rumuolumeni. We have gone for good. We are ready to forgo all jointly owned properties for peace to reign. So there is no going back on our decision to become a distinguished entity from Rumuolumeni Community,” Wagbara said.

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