by crossriverwatch admin
A man, William Omini who was deported from the United States of America in February 2014 has gone into hiding after alleging that the Ogboni confraternity insists on installing him as the chief priest of the confraternity in the Cross River region.
Omini who spoke to CrossRiverWatch from his hiding said he departed Nigeria in 1997 when after the demise of his father, Sylvester Omini in 1996 the confraternity asked him to inherit the position of chief priest which his father occupied till his demise in 1996.
“My dad passed on in 1996 and soon after his burial at Ikpakapit in Yakkur Local Government Area of the state, I was asked by the group to ascend my father’s position as the chief priest but I turned down such an offer but when they began to threaten me, one of my friends invited me to the United States and I went over”.
According to Omini, he thought that with his escape to the United States, the group will let matters lie but “I kept seeing all sorts of things even in my sleep they kept pursuing me and in very mysterious manner, I was deported in February this year and no sooner had I arrived that they started to importunate me to come and take my father’s position which I rejected”.
He said when he was deported, he kept out of public view not knowing that the people are still on his trail after several years in the United States. “I have told them in clear terms that I don’t want it yet they keep insisting that I must take over my late man’s position, please the public should help me tell these people to let me be” Omini pleaded.
He said he has complained to the police but their response is ‘We do not know how to handle issues of this nature”.
Omini who is now a wreck psychologically said members of the public should come to his aid.
All efforts by CrossRiverWatch to speak to some members of the confraternity in Calabar were futile as none of them was willing to comment on the matter.
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