Naijacrawl has earlier reported that the new Olu of Warri his Royal Majesty, Ogiame Atuwatse III, will embark on revalidation of Itsekiri chiefs in Ode-Itsekiri, the ancestral home of Itsekiris in Warri South Local Government Area of Delta State.
The exercise got started yesterday and as it is expected in some quarters the new king has displaced the outspoken chief who stood against his emergence as the king of the town, the king failed to approve his chieftaincy title in the person of Chief Ayirimi Emami, the ‘Ologbotsere of the Warri Kingdom,
The exercise also saw the confirmation of the Warri Council of Chiefs, which was preceded by a public notice that dissolved the Council, committees and subcommittees in the Kingdom.
Chief Johnson Amatserunleghe, Iyatsere of Warri Kingdom emerged the highest-ranking Itsekiri Chief as well as the ‘traditional prime minister’ of the kingdom.
Chief Johnson dislodges Chief Ayirimi Emami, the ‘Ologbotsere of the Warri Kingdom,’ who served as traditional prime minister under the immediate past Olu, His Majesty, Ogiame Ikenwoli.
Other chiefs who had their conferments revalidated included Chiefs Gabriel Awala, Kofi Kartey, Robinson Ariyo, Dr. Roland Oritsejafor, Roli Oritsejafor, Edwin Olley, Solomon Arenyeka, Clement Maleghemi, Eugene Ikomi, Omolubi Newuwumi and Billy Besi Giwa respectively.
According to Ogiame Atuwatse III, the exercise would be carried out in batches.
Those confirmed are:
Chief Johnson Amatserunlegha Jp.
Chief Gabriel Awala
Chief Dr. R.I Oritesjafor.
Chief Dr. C.D Ikomi
Chief Edwin Olley.
Chief Omolubi Newuwumi
Chief Clement Maleghemi
Chief Solomon Arenyeka
Chief barr. Robinson Ariyo.
Chief Billy Besigiwa
Chief Madam Rol Oritsejafor.
Chief Kofi Kartey
Chief Brown Mene
Chief Dr. Eugene Ikomi Jp.