-Ogbe-Ijaw market is a popular fish market belonging to Ogbe-Ijaw Warri Kingdom
-The communities demands for Okowa’s swift intervention
Communities of Ijaw origin in Warri have sent a warning to the Warri South Local Government Council boss, Michael Tidi over his nepotistic appointment of his kinsman as market master of the popular Ogbe-Ijaw market.
In a brief with newsmen on Tuesday, the National Coordinator of the Ijaw Peoples Development Initiative, IPDI, Comrade Ozobo Austin warned that an escalated showdown is on the horizon if Tidi does not reverse his decision with immediate effect.
Ozobo who spoke after an enlarge meeting among Ijaw communities in Warri consisting of Meinbutu, Ogbokone, Olabrakopre, Egbemene among others, vehemently warned that the Ijaws will not condone Tidi’s clandestine imposition of an Itsekiri man to pilot the affairs of an Ijaw market.
The embittered communities called on Governor Ifeanyi Okowa to swiftly prevail on the Warri South Local Government Council Chairman as his action is bound to threaten the lasting peace among the two ethnic groups in Warri.
The communities stated sternly that Tidi has no jurisdiction to impose his stooge on the Ijaws, warning him to be mindful of the drums of conflict he’s playing.
They wondered if an Ijaw man will be appointed as Market master in the Kpessu and Ugbuwangue Markets.
The community stakeholders stressed that the move is a confirmation of the conspiracy behind the abandonment of the market, saying that it is to further push for the claims of ownership of the market.
The stakeholders simply called on the governor ifeanyi Okowa led Delta State Government to quickly prevail on Tidi to avert the tension already brewed by the appointment.