The crisis trailing the emergence of Prince Tsola Emiko as the Olu-designate on Thursday deepened as unruly crowd believed to be thugs attacked the Warri High Court where one of the Itsekiri princes is challenging Prince Emiko’s selection as possible 21th Olu of Warri.
Presiding Judge of the court, Justice V. O. Agboje, and other lawyers including a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Chief Efe Akpofure, were said to have narrowly escaped the hoodlums’ attacks.
According to report by The Nation, the protesters are believed to be supporters of Prince Tsola Emiko.
They stormed the court and chased out judicial workers, litigants, and lawyers, including a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) who is representing one of the parties, and disrupted the day’s proceedings.
“The issue for debate was the method of services to the defendants, but this could not go on because the youths took over the place and stopped legal proceedings,” a source at the scene said.
It was gathered that Prince Bernard Emiko, Olu Ikenwoli’s younger brother, in an affidavit supporting the suit, said that he is the Olori-Ebi (head) of Ogiame Erejuwa II (18th Olu) Ruling House.
He prayed the court to nullify the nomination and adoption of Prince Tsola Emiko as Olu-designate.
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The appellant urged the court to declare the processes that threw up the Omoba as null and void, and prayed the court to stop him from performing the Ideniken and other rites that are mandatory towards his assumption of the stool of Olu of Warri.
The affidavit pleaded “an order of perpetual injunction restraining Pa Akoma Dudun (the parallel Olare-Ebi (oldest member) of the Ginuwa I Ruling House from presenting Prince Tsola Emiko to Chief Ayiri Emami (Ologbotsere of Warri).”
The affidavit also seeks to restrain members of the Olu Advisory Council, from accepting the candidacy of Prince Tsola as Omoba.
It also sought the an order setting aside and nullifying the 5th April 2021presentation by Prince Johnson Amatserunleghe, the Iyatsere, of Prince Tsola to the Itsekiri nation as Olu-designate in Ode-Itsekiri, the ancestral home of the Itsekiri people.
Prince Bernard confirmed this and the invasion of the court in a text message response to our reporter’s inquiry on Thursday evening.
Meanwhile, Sir Amorighoye Sunny Mene, secretary of the Itsekiri Leaders of Thought has denounced the protesters’ action as ‘barbaric and uncouth’, stressing, “I don’t support the invasion of court by anybody.”
Mene said the ILOT was disposed towards an amicable settlement of the issues surrounding the stool, and appealed to all parties to conduct themselves in responsible and peaceful manner.