We’re Okpe indigenes, not Uvwie, Delta community declares

By Emma Arubi

WARRI—FOLLOWING alleged claims that Okoijorogu land belongs to Uvwie Kingdom, the leadership of the community has said that they are Okpe-Urhobo people.

In a petition addressed to Delta State governor, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan,  by Okoijorogu Community Chairman, Mr. Rapheal Idjerhe, the community said: “For the avoidance of doubt,we categorically state that Amua Ijorogu (Okoijorogu) was founded by Ijorogu, a descendant of Okpe lineage, of the Evwreke 1 home of Okpe Kingdom.”

He said that “descendants of Ijorogu, who comprise Ijorogu and Aghwoghworiste families had inhabited the land from time as owners, occupiers, residents and the ones in exclusive possession of all the land therein.”

Supporting the position of the Udogun Okpe in respect of the case, they urged Governor Uduaghan to take a critical look at the issues raised by Udogun Okpe and the claim that Ijorogu land is in Uvwie Kingdom.

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