By Ovie Okpare
The Olorogun O’tega Emerhor-led Evwreni Crisis Resolution and Peace Committee says it will meet with all aggrieved kingmakers in the kingdom to resolve issues relating to the alleged plot to remove HRM Oghenekevwe Kumane as the Ovie of Evwreni Kingdom.
A section of the kingmakers is insistence that the traditional ruler who was fingered in the lingering crisis in the kingdom be removed for allegedly desecrating the revered Evwreni traditional stool.
Evwreni, an oil-rich kingdom in Ughelli North Local Government Area of Delta State and one the 24 Urhobo kingdoms, has been enmeshed in crisis where at least three persons have been killed while properties running into billion of naira have been destroyed.
But Olorogun Emerhor who recently met with leaders of the community where they resolved to ending the crisis in the community, insisted that HRM Kumane remains the Ovie of Evwreni Kingdom.
In a statement personally signed by him on Sunday, Emerho who is the chief convener of the peace committee, acknowledged the grievances of the group and stated that it was part of why the Peace Committee was set up in the first place.
The renowned banker turned politician urged all aggrieved person in the kingdom to maintain peace and allow the committee resolve all lingering issues in the interest of peace and development of Evwreni kingdom.
According to Emerhor ” the Committee is fully abreast of the issues surrounding the crisis in Evwreni and the numerous civil litigations that have arose therefrom. This is why a subcommittee for Reconciliation and Out of Court Settlement headed by the Chief Convener was set up to handle grievance resolution.
“It was not the expectation of the Committee that every aggrieved person or group will immediately jump at the Peace initiative. The Committee clearly appreciates the deep divisions that the crisis has created and the hard stances that currently exist among the brother combatants.
“The Committee clearly has its work cut out for it. The Committee will be meeting with this group of King makers and listen to their positions with a view to reconciliation and peaceful coexistence in Evwreni.
“The group and every other aggrieved person including victims of violence and death are all Evwreni people. The Committee believes everyone will finally put the survival of the community first above their individual interests.”