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Bayelsa Community Dethrones Traditional Ruler

Posted: Jan 6, 2016 at 7:26 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Igoniko Oduma


The people of Okoroba in Nembe Local Government Area of Bayelsa State have dethroned the traditional ruler of the community,Thomas  Ako.

He was on the saddle for 16 years.

It was gathered that the people removed Ako for his  alleged poor and ineffective leadership.

The decision to sack the monarch was taken amidst tension at the weekend during a meeting of elders, chiefs, men, women and youths of the community.

Former President Goodluck Jonathan’s Special Adviser on Research, Documentation and Strategy, Late Oronto Douglas, was from Okoroba community where former National Security Adviser, Late General Owoye Azazi (rtd )and former Governor of Kaduna State, Late Patrick Yakowa,died in a helicopter crash in December 2012.

The people alleged that Ako abandoned the community in times of difficulty especially during agitations for roads and other infrastructure to the community.

They also accused him of abdicating the traditional stool and customary responsibilities for his professional duty in the Nigerian Police Force.

Investigation revealed that the deposed monarch, an Assistant Commissioner of Police serving at the Enugu State Police Command, was enthroned in 1999.

The acting chairman of Okoroba Community Council of Chiefs, Bokolo Arugu, confirmed the dethronement of Ako in Yenagoa, the state capital, on Tuesday.

He said the decision to remove the traditional ruler was taken unanimously at a meeting of the community on 2 January,2016.