Okerenkoko Land Claim: You are a liar, Gbaramatu women leader tells Fmr Delta AG

•Calls on Pa Akpata spirit to visit Former AG

•Calls on Aisha Buhari to appeal to her husband to do the needful

To further add credence to the claim that the people of Okerenkoko own the land where the Nigerian Maritime University is sited, Chief Vero Tangbuwei, a descendant of Pa Akpata in Okerenkoko community has further clarified the controversy surrounding the ownership of the community describing Charles Ajuyah SAN, the former Attorney General of Delta State as a liar.

Chief Vero Tangbuwei who doubles as the National Women Leader in Gbaramatu Kingdom spoke recently with GbaramatuVoice in Warri, Delta state, against the backdrop of a comment credited to the former Attorney General of Delta state, Charles Ajuyah SAN, where he among other things stated that the Itsekiris gave out the land to Papa Akpata.

Dismissing the position conversed by the former Attorney General with a wave of her hand, Chief Vero Tangbuwei explained that based on her forefather’s account, they are the aborigines’ of Okerenkoko as her great-grandfather did not at any point mooted that the Itsekiris ceded or sold the land to the Okerenkoko people of Gbaramatu Kingdom. “It is a very wrong information on the part of the former AG,” she concluded.

Tangbuwei, who is also called Triple Chief further told our correspondent that this clarification became necessary as the Itsekiris has paddled half and misinformation over the ownership of the once peaceful community just because a university, was to the glory of God, cited within the community.

“Where was Omadino when Akpata went to them to give him land that he is now confirming the memo of the Attorney General of the Federation?” She queried rhetorically?

Continuing, the Gbaramatu women leader explained that she was born and bred in Okerenkoko and have never seen any Itsekiri man or woman come up with such claim. She added that it is only trade that brings them to Okerenkoko, when they come to buy fish or crayfish.


Going spiritual, Vero Tangbuwei called on her great-grandfather, Pa. Akpata, who is now a spirit to defend his name by visiting the former Attorney General. She also called on the wrath of Pa Apata to visit whoever that is behind the renaming of Okerenkoko to Okerenghigho.

To further support the above position, she further raised some puzzles; “Where were the Itsekiri people when the Nigerian Maritime University was founded? It was their own blood brother, former governor Ewetan Uduaghan who approved the building of the university. Why is it that they did not come up this claim as at the material time; why now?”

While advising all not to take the Itsekiri people seriously in their claim, she added that they are known for a lifestyle of changing people’s name and claim that they are wiser than everybody.

She, therefore, used the opportunity to call on all the  Itsekiri women not to fold their hands and let one man from nowhere bring fresh crises into their lives while adding that the school in Okerenkoko is for everyone.

The women leader also used the medium to appeal to the wife of the president, Aisha Buhari to talk to her husband about the need to have the needful done.


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