A traditional ruler in Bayelsa State, His Royal Majesty, King Solomon Ebifatei, Kolu XI, has denied the allegation that he forged an attestation form concerning the lawful/rightful occupant of the Amananawei (paramount ruler) of Tamazo community traditional chieftaincy stool.
King Ebifatei who is the Ibenanawei of Koluama Kingdom in Southern Ijaw Local Government Area of the state, in a press statement released on Friday, said the issue of who is the lawful or rightful occupant of the Amananawei of Tamazo community traditional chieftaincy stool is a subject matter of litigation in a civil suit No. OHC/6/2020 between Mr Diepreye Amadein vs the Governor of Bayelsa State and three others.
According to him, the case is now pending before Hon. Justice Ayemieye of the Oporoma Judicial Division of Bayelsa State.
King Ebifatei said the rebuttal was to set the records straight before the general public and the world at large, noting that pecisely, on February 11, 2019, he received an invitation from the Bayelsa State Government, to come and identify some newly recognised communities in his clan and as well confirm the communities’ paramount rulers in Southern Ijaw Local Government Area of the state, which he did.
He said during the exercise, he was invited as Clan Head of Koluama Kingdom to come and identify communities in his clan and further confirm the names of the paramount rulers occupying such traditional chieftaincy stools in his domain.
King Ebifatei said: “Being a law abiding citizen, I humbly honoured the state government’s invitation and did the needful. In Koluama Clan, only three communities were recognised amongst the existing communities that make up the Koluama Clan. These newly recognised communities are Olobia, Kalawei-Ama and Tamazo.
“As the custodian of the traditions and customs of Koluama Clan, I was asked to make certain clarifications as to how paramount rulers emerge in Koluama Clan, my domain. Under Koluama native laws and customs, paramount rulers emerge through well organised and contested elections, and not through hereditary. Paramount rulers emerge based on merit. The position is open to every qualified member of the village or community in question”.
The Monarch challenged Naingba and Amadein to prove the year Amadein contested Tamazo Community paramount ruler’s election, the names of his co-contestants and the names of the election committee members, the Chairman, Secretary, Treasurer, Public Relations Officer, among others.