Friday, January 27, 2012

Monarch Loses Crown to Oil Largesse

This Day
23 January 2012

It was like telling the monarch that he could not eat his cake and still have it. One of them had to be sacrificed. And for the youths of Uzere community in Isoko South Local Government Area of Delta State, the cup of their monarch was 'full' and it was time to spill.

And in this case, it was the crown that had to be yanked off the head of the king, as the verdict of the community seems to pronounce him guilty of community betrayal, as the monarch is accused of conniving with oil companies operating in the area to undo the larger Uzere community.

Last weekend, the king, HRH Isaac Udogri, was dethroned.

The royal father was allegedly 'un-crowned' by the community during an extraordinary meeting held at the community centre.

The palace of the monarch was last year razed by angry protesters said to be irked by alleged clandestine business activities between the monarch and an oil multinational company operating in the community regarded as inimical to the common interest of Uzere.

Several property including houses and cars belonging to the embattled traditional ruler and his purported accomplices and the police were also burnt during the uprising that sent at least two persons to their untimely graves and left many others injured.

The distrust for the king arose from his frequent defence of the Anglo-Dutch oil company, Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC), which the community said, is grossly insensitive to the plight of the area. But the monarch has always protected the company, allegedly for his selfish benefit.

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