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Celebrating Amayanabo of Okrika, late Sir S.P.U. Ogan even in demise


THE late Sir S.P.U. Ogan was born on Monday October 27, 1919 at Ogan Ama, Okrika to Paul Kalaiyo, a service provider within the palm produce commerce alongside the Imo River.

His Majesty, King S.P.U. Ogan was a gallant World Battle II military veteran. He was recruited into the British Military in July 1944 throughout the Second World Battle and was within the Royal Alerts the place he acquired in depth expertise in electronics engineering expertise. As Principal Radio Mechanic Teacher within the Royal West African Frontier Power, Sir Ogan was the primary West African to develop into an teacher within the British Military, and was a radio and wi-fi pioneer in Nigeria.

In 1951, King Ogan returned dwelling to his little Ogan Ama, Okrika neighborhood, with 5 canoe a great deal of digital tools and supplies.

It was in his finest curiosity to have the only real data of servicing digital tools on the time. As a monopoly, his workshop would have made all the cash. However the king reasoned that it will be within the curiosity of posterity, if he imparted that data to generations coming behind. To this finish, in July 1951 he utilized to the Division of Schooling, Port Harcourt for allow to open and run a vocational coaching institute, which was granted by the Divisional Officer (D.O) and thus was how the primary ever technical faculty East of the Niger river – the Ogan’s Radio and Electrical Engineering Institute – was established in 1952.  In 1953, probably the most good scholar of the college, Grasp Sunday Alatoru (now a Chief) of Okrika, sat for the Metropolis and Guild Examination of London and handed. The Institute was later known as New Period Technical Faculty, when he allowed different Nigerian traders to hitch the board of administrators on authorities recommendation.

King Ogan was a raiser of animals and vegetation and was passionate in regards to the surroundings.  He was famous for establishing the primary and largest piggery farm within the then outdated Rivers State, (as we speak’s Rivers and Bayelsa States). Along with piggery, Sir Ogan cultivated unique crops like cashew fruits and traded in unprocessed cashew nuts. By means of grafting he launched Tangelo (a fruit combination of grape and tangerine into his giant plantation of oranges, tangerine, guava and pineapples. He additionally cultivated meals crops like cassava, avocado pear, yam, plantain and banana, amongst others. In recognition of his contribution to meals safety in Nigeria, he was appointed by the federal authorities into the Board of the Nationwide Veterinary Analysis Institute at Vom, Plateau State, as a Non-Govt Director for 5 years consecutively.

King Ogan was a nationalist and robust supporter of the struggles for minority rights.  He was an energetic member of the Rivers Chiefs and Peoples Convention led by Chief Harold Dappa Biriye and hosted conferences of the group in his Port Harcourt residence.  Through the varied conferences in Nigeria and London for the political independence of Nigeria, this motion demanded for the creation of a separate state for the minority folks of the Niger Delta.

King Ogan fought colonial rule on two fronts – the Ex-service Males’s Affiliation (as we speak’s Nigerian Legion) and the Nationwide Council of Nigeria and the Cameroun (NCNC) which he joined in 1952.

By 1964, Sir Ogan had develop into a preferred younger man amongst outstanding chiefs and other people of Okrika Clan (Wakirike).  He had, utilizing his connections in commerce and politics, spearheaded quite a few optimistic actions for Okrika and was instrumental to the election of his kinsmen into the Jap Nigeria Home of Meeting on N.C.N.C. platform, in opposition to stiff opposition.

His Majesty, Sir S.P.U. Ogan was put in Amanyanabo of Okrika Clan (Wakirike se) on April 25, 1964. Thereafter, King Ogan was recognised by Jap Nigeria Authorities and have become the third recognised conventional ruler within the then Degema Province. The opposite two have been the Amanyanabo of Bonny and Amanyanabo of Kalabari.

After his coronation, 4 idol gods as demanded by customized and custom have been positioned within the palace to information him. He was conscious {that a} good share of Okrika folks had religion in these deities and he too had been groomed to imagine within the efficacy of the 4 gods. He was additionally conscious that his adversaries had develop into extra vicious of their bid after his life, than those that sought to guard him with the 4 idols. Within the mild of this, the selection to just accept to stay with these devilish gods or put the Almighty God in cost remained his and his alone. From a robust Christian dwelling, he brushed custom apart and selected to place God first.  King Ogan ascended the throne of Okrika at a time of nice uncertainty on this nation. There had been a army coup in January 1966 culminating within the Nigerian Civil Battle from 1967 to 1970. To avoid wasting his kingdom, King Ogan needed to play together with the federal government in energy within the East, even when he was not in help of the rebel.

Through the struggle, Okrika, the entire of Okrika (together with Ogu and different main cities) was underneath siege and the folks suffered untold persecution. Okrika had been clearly marked out for whole annihilation by Biafra however was saved by God utilizing King Ogan as vessel. Once more, by way of the Amanyanabo’s diplomacy with Biafran officers, extra Okrika ladies have been allowed to the markets to buy extra meals. He remained at Okrika and suffered together with his folks till the civil struggle ended on January 15, 1970. He was additionally the one recognised conventional ruler who was readily available to obtain the primary army Governor of Rivers State, Lt. Commander Alfred Diete-Spiff on assumption of workplace in Port Harcourt.

However the finish of the struggle marked the start of one other set of ordeals for the King of Okrika who by no means deserted his folks. King Ogan suffered private loss economically and bodily so that Okrika would survive. He was harassed, humiliated, stripped and brutally tortured like a typical legal on trumped up accusations. He was falsely accused of giving “juju” to Okrika folks to combat Nigeria. It was additionally falsely alleged that he possessed wi-fi phone in his personal dwelling with which he communicated with Ojukwu and Biafran troopers to sabotage Nigeria’s struggle efforts. He was thus branded a “security risk” by the troopers, for which he needed to be chained like a robber, stripped bare and given 36 strokes of the cane at a Nigerian military focus camp in Port Harcourt. King Ogan at this level demanded to be shut, however they’d not. The army excessive command later discovered he was harmless.

Consequently, he was taken to Lagos on “protective custody” of the Federal Navy Authorities of Nigeria which once more discovered him harmless after thorough investigations.

King Ogan was a contented, brave, sincere, humble and a person of integrity. He lived a easy life within the concern of God. Not for him greed, avarice or ostentation. He was king for 33 years and seven months.  He died peacefully, painlessly on his birthday, on October 27, 1997.  He was 78.

Might his light soul proceed to relaxation within the Lord

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