Six years after, peace restored to Ijaw kingdom in Edo
Tubutoru – The crisis rocking Okomu Kingdom, Ovia South West Local Government Area of Edo State has been put to rest after six years of unsettlement.
The internal crisis which led to killings and destructions of properties worth millions of naira in the Ijaw speaking kingdom it was learnt was put to rest after some Ijaw traditional rulers decided to wade into the lingering crisis.
The Ijaw traditional rulers GbaramatuVoice learnt waded into the internal crisis after their meeting at the 2017 Amaseikumor Festival in Gbaramatu kingdom, where the Pere of Gbaramatu Kingdom, Oboro Gbaran II saddled some Pere from different Ijaw kingdoms with the responsibility to restore peace to Okomu Kingdom.
Those saddled with the responsibility include the Pere of Tubutoru Kingdom, Ondo State; the Pere of Olodiama and Egbema Kingdoms, all in Edo State while Tubutoru Kingdom was chosen as venue for meeting to bring all feuding parties together.
It was further learnt all feuding parties decided to sheath their swords after the Pere of Tubutoru Kingdom and his Olodiama counterpart pleaded to them to embrace peace in a recently held meeting at the Palace of the Pere of Tubutoru Kingdom.
At the meeting which lasted for 18hours, GbaramatuVoice further learnt that the two traditional rulers further appealed to those who lost properties and relatives in the crisis to accept everything in good faith; forget the past and start a new Okomu Kingdom where peaceful living, respect for elders would be their watch word.
Speaking, the Pere of Tubutoru Kingdom said the crisis lingered for many years as a result of the absence of a Traditional ruler in the kingdom, stressing that if there was one, the crisis would not have lasted that long.
It was learnt the crisis was as result of unanimous adoption of a plan for measurement of all farms of their Yoruba tenants before the collection of annual fees which did not go down well with some people.
Those who attended the settlement meeting include His Royal Majesty, Pere Godwin Timighan, the Alagbabunafa of Olodiama Kingdom, Edo State; His Royal Majesty, Gbebokedi Ajiroba, the Pere of Tubutoru Kingdom, Edo State; High Chief Godwin Kalakutu, the Kariwei of Egbema Kingdom.
Others from Okomu Kingdom include, Chief Bari, the Kariwei of the kingdom; Chief Wilson Wuluku; Chief Gedu; Chief French Yabike; Mr. Wilson Bewei; Honourable Godwin Wuluku; Mr. Oyisco Atele; Mr. Ekun, amongst others, and many women from the kingdom attended the meeting.