Tunuama Community Caretaker Committee of Gbarain Clan in Yenagoa Local Government Area of Bayelsa State

Tunuama Community Caretaker Committee of Gbarain Clan in Yenagoa Local Government Area of Bayelsa State says henceforth all official transactions on behalf of the Community would be carried out by the committee.

A statement to this effect was jointly signed by Secretary of the community Pastor Pereowei Burutu and Public Relations Officer, Mr Collins Ibendangha.

This, is coming on the heels of a High Court Judgment in Yenagoa on Thursday, twenty third March, twenty twenty-three by Justice D.E Adokeme in a suit between Chief Kwami Benson and seven others and Chief Imomotimi Stephen Benson and another.

In the ruling, Justice Adokeme described as null and void the recognition of Chief Imomotimi Stephen Benson as fourth class paramount ruler (Amananaowei) of Tunuama Community by Bayelsa State Government, haven been convicted previously.

Recall that the first defendant, Chief Benson was convicted and sentenced to a three year jail term for conspiracy and stealing by a magistrate Court in Rivers State on twenty third May, nineteen seventy nine.

The judge posited that as enshrined in the chieftaincy Amendment law of Bayelsa State twenty seventeen native laws and traditions of people of Tunuama Community and Gbarain kingdom, he is thus not eligible to occupy the stool of Amananaowei.

Consequently, the judge called for immediate revocation, repeal, cancellation and or withdrawal of the certificate of recognition erroneously bestowed on him as fourth class traditional ruler on fourteenth February, twenty nineteen.

In the light of this, the Tunuama Community Caretaker Committee has advised the public not to engage in any official dealings with him again in the name of Amananaowei, warning that anyone who does so, is doing so at his or her own risk.