The newly coronated Olu of Warri, His Royal Majesty, Ogiame Atuwatse III, has dismissed billionaire businessman, Ayiri Emami, as the traditional Prime Minister of Warri Kingdom.
The Olu announced that the Iyatsere of Warri Kingdom, Johnson Amatserunleghe, will now replace Emami, fully taking charge as the new traditional prime minister.
Emami held the position of ‘Ologbotsere’ and served as prime minister of the kingdom during the tenure of the former Olu of Warri, Ogiame Ikenwoli.
He mounted stiff opposition to the emergence of the new Olu, insisting that he was not qualified to ascend the throne of his fathers due to his maternal heritage.
This move follows the revalidation of Itsekiri chiefs in Ode-Itsekiri, the ancestral home of Itsekiris in Warri South Local Government Area of Delta State.
The exercise which started on August 2, 2021, also saw the confirmation of the Warri Council of Chiefs, which was preceded by a public notice that dissolved the council, committees and subcommittees in the Kingdom.
According to Ogiame Atuwatse III, the exercise would be carried out in batches.
Other chiefs whose titles have been revalidated include Gabriel Awala, Kofi Kartey, Robinson Ariyo, Dr Roland Oritsejafor, Roli Oritsejafor, Edwin Olley, Solomon Arenyeka, Clement Maleghemi, Eugene Ikomi, Omolubi Newuwumi and Billy Besi Giwa.
On August 21, the Olu of Warri, Ogiame Atuwatse III, was crowned as the 21st Olu at Ode-Itsekiri, his ancestral home in Warri, Delta state.