”I don’t recognize him as Olu of Warri. Any pronouncement by him is not binding on me”

Ayiri Emami reacts to monarch's decision to disrobe him as he is poised for war.




Billionaire businessman, Ayiri Emami, has rejected to the decision of the Olu of Warri, Ogiame Atuwatse III, to disrobe him as the Ologbotsere of Warri kingdom.


The Olu of Warri, Ogiame Atuwatse lll, on Tuesday October 5,  announced the disrobing of Emami as the Ologbotsere of Warri Kingdom. Consequently, the monarch directed the Olori-Ebi of Ologbotsere family, Higson Ajofotan Oporokun, to take charge of all the family activities till further notice.


Reacting to this development, Ayiri in an interview with Daily Independent, said the pronouncenent of the Olu is not binding on him as he does not recognise his authority as the case he instituted against him is in court.


”I don’t recognise him as Olu of Warri. So, any pronouncement by him is not binding on me. We have a case in court and until that case is determined, I won’t recognise him” he said


Emami, a billionaire businessman, 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.


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