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New Ochi’doma gets staff of office

The newly elected Paramount ruler of the Idoma kingdom, Dr.John Elaigwu was today inaugurated as the fifth Ochi’doma by Governor Samuel Ortom.

His coronation which took place at the Ochi’doma square, Otukpo, followed the permanent hunting expedition of the fourth Ochi’doma, Dr. Ellias Ikoye Obekpa.

Presenting the staff of office and certificate of coronation to the Ochi’doma, Governor Ortom expressed optimism that the installation of Dr. Eliagwu would usher in peace, progress, and development for the Idoma kingdom.

The Governor reiterated the determination of his administration to maintain the welfare of traditional rulers to encourage them to work in synergy with Government to develop the state.

He stated that as partners with the Government in the development of the society, his administration considered it necessary to build a befitting palace for the Tor Tiv with that of the Och’Idoma at ninety percent completion.

Governor Ortom expressed gratitude to the selection committee which chosed Dr. Eliagwu Odogbo as the fifth Och’Idoma, the nine local councils in the Idoma kingdom as well as prominent sons and daughters of the area for their support.

In his acceptance speech after receiving the staff of office, Dr. John Elaigwu promised to be a father to all in his domain and rule with fairness, justice and equity.

The paramount ruler of the Idoma kingdom declared the restoration of peace, security, development, progress and prayed against whatever curse that has been placed upon the Idoma nation.

Earlier, Special Adviser Bureau of Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Mr. Kenneth Achabo while presenting the Och’Idoma for coronation described him as a man with tall credentials and the capacity to move the Idoma kingdom forward.

The Tor Tiv, Professor James Ayatse, former Governor of Bayelsa State, Seriaki Dickson, Senators David Mark and Aba Moro in their goodwill messages to the Och’Idoma urged him to carry the people along to enable him succeed.

The coronation ceremony which was spiced by cultural dances was attended by the Aku Uka of Wukari, Attah Igala, Gbongon Jos and other traditional rulers as well prominent people across the country.

Reporting by Terna Injua, editing by Daniel Adejo