Nye Udu Upata III, HRM Nye Udu Felix Enene Otuwarikpo, Ph.D
celebrated at his Ihuaba palace to mark his victory in a legal tussle over the traditional Regency of the Ekpeye people spread across Ahoada East and Ahoada West Local Government Area of Rivers State.
Nye Udu Otuwarikpo and some traditional rulers were locked in a legal tussle and majority traditional heads recognise him as the rightful person to occupy the office of Regent in view of his position as the Deputy President of the Eze Ekpeye Logbo In-Council.
The celebration was partaken of by a large number of the members of the Ekpeye traditional council, stakeholders, the people of the Ekpeye ethnic group from the six kingdom in Ekpeye Land.
The High Court in Ahoada presided by Honourable Justice T.S.Oji on Monday, gave a declarative judgement affirming that Nye Udu Otuwarikpo is the Regent of Ekpeye in a case between him and Chiefs Okpara Romans and Okpara Fynface.
The court gave the ruling after lawyers to the parties adopted and argued their written briefs on an application brought before it by Nye Udu Otuwarikpo.
Recall that members of the Eze Ekpeye Logbo In-Council sometime last year elected and installed Nye Udu Otuwarikpo as Regent which, attracted condemnation from a section and those aggrieved resorted to refute it through newspaper publication.
The Eze Ekpeye Logbo stool became vacant since the death of Eze Robinson O.Robinson, who joined his ancestors late 2018. The late monarch formally introduced at the Eze Ekpeye Logbo In-Council meeting on 6th February, 2018 and went further to proclaimed Nye Udu Otuwarikpo as the Deputy President of the Eze Ekpeye Logbo In-Council through a letter dated 12th June, 2018 without challenge from Council members.
This was the letter Justice Oji relied on to give judgement to the effect that Nye Udu Otuwarikpo is the Regent to the stool of Eze Ekpeye Logbo, noting that during the life time of Eze Robinson “nobody objected to the proclaimation. Nobody faulted the letter even when all Eze Igbu were copied.”
Reacting to the judgement, Nye Udu Otuwarikpo expressed happiness and encouraged all to pursue the virtue of peace and dialogue with all determination, and called for the sustainace of efforts to refocus for growth.
High Chief Patricia Uwhudhiga Ogbona who holds the traditional title of Ada Ekpeye Logbo, urged “everyone to embrace the judgement. Now that God has spoken through the court, all people of Ekpeye should join hands to work together.”
Barr.Ikashi Saturday Emeyi, counsel to Nye Udu Otuwarikpo, hailed the judgement, describing it as a watershed in the history of the Ekpeye nation.
Compiled by Egbe Buduzhi
For EKPEYE TV © 2020