The Warri monarch, His Majesty Ogiame Ikenwoli, has rained curses on all Koko indigenes who are bent on stunting the rapid industrialization and growth of the community in Warri North Council area of Delta State.
Olu Ikenwoli vented out his anger on Saturday at the ancient town of Koko during his maiden royal visit to the Koko people and other neighbouring Itsekiri communities on that axis of his kingdom to thank them for their active role and support during the ceremonies leading to his ascension to the pristine throne last year January, 2016.
The royal father who expressed disgust over unfounded rumours of his connivance with certain persons to install a new Koko Community Management Authority executive told the crowd that he only swore-in those the community and various family quarter elders chose and sent to him for confirmation, insisting that anybody above 40 years of age cannot be a youth any longer.
He said those whose tenure of office has expired also after serving two terms must quit the stage for others to mount the saddle of leadership and stated that to continue to disobey constituted traditional authority, elders and leaders in the community including himself as the overlord by some over zealous youths amounts to sacrilege and unacceptable to him and therefore rained curses on those that take delight in contesting his authority over each community.
Earlier, Chairman of the KCMA, Engineer David Ireyeburutan had called on all indigenes of Koko to join hands with him and his executive in their bid to take koko to next level of infrastructural growth and development, saying he intends to run an open government, charging all those still fighting him to sheath their swords and come on board.
The Iweroko and Ameren (Ugogo Meje) family of Koko had in a statement read by Barr. Alatan cried out to the Olu of Warri over the alleged wicked and deliberate neglect of the ancient Seaport town that used to boast of a vibrant Nigerian Ports Authority, NPA, Bulk Oil Plant, BOP and United African Company, UAC, all now comatose and appealed to him to liaise with the Fedral and state government, NDDC, DESOPADEC, Chevron, SPDC and other well meaning stakeholders to come to their rescue.
He disclosed that koko town is spiced with moribund and abandoned projects including the multi-million naira Koko shore protection project awarded to a serving Senator of the federal Republic of Nigeria from the Eastern part of the country.