Youths of Ewoama-Brass in Okpoama Kingdom of Brass Local Government Area have told Chief Okuromo Sam Dawai to stop parading himself as Amayanabo of Ewoama Community in the interest of peace and harmony.
The Ewoama youths came out with this during a protest that took them to the Brass Area Command of the Nigeria Police Force in Twon-Brass where they submitted a protest letter.
Speaking on behalf of the youths, the youth leader, Berepelenyo Nathan, said Chief Dawai who is a Chief in Twon-Brass Kingdom was at no time elected, appointed or coronated king of Ewoama Community.
He stressed that it was not the culture of the Nembe-speaking people for one to be a chief in one kingdom and a king in another kingdom.
Nathan said the attempt to set up a parallel community leadership will only lead to a repeat of the 1998 crisis that led to the burning down of the entire community.
The youth leader noted that under his leadership as Youth President, he will not fold his hands and allow the community degenerate into another needless crisis.
According to him, the letter submitted to the Police Area Commander and addressed to the Commissioner of Police, was intended to inform the police authorities of the brewing crisis in the community.
He said anybody who wants to be king, CDC Chairman, Youth Leader or Women Leader should follow the processes acceptable to the people of the Okpoama-Kingdom and not some backyard processes.
Responding, the Area Commander, ACP Morh Ajoshe thanked the youths for their peaceful disposition and stated that the police will not tolerate any breakdown of law and order.
He assured the youths that their letter will be delivered to the Commissioner of Police in good time who will act on it and urged them to continue to maintain the peace.
Some of the inscriptions on the placards displayed by the youths include: “We don’t have a king in Ewoama”, “We have only one youth leader”, “Ewoama community is at peace, we want it so”.