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ON MARBLE FOR POSTERITY

On Marble for Posterity

Today,  
 

His Royal Majesty Orhue I, LL.B. (Hons) BL, LL.M, CFR, mni
ORODJE OF OKPE


Following the passage of HRM Orhoro I in early 2004, the Udogun Okpe (Okpe Supreme Council) set in motion the process of selecting the next Orodje of Okpe Kingdom. Given the controversy regarding which Ruling House to provide the next Orodje, the Udogun-Okpe empanelled a committee which comprised four prominent Okpe sons drawn from the four Ruling Houses to examine the issue and advise the Udogun-Okpe accordingly. Members of the committee were:
• Chief (Maj-Gen.) Patrick A. Aziza (Rtd), Chairman (Evbreke Ruling House)
• Chief T.J.Onomigbo Okpoko (SAN) (Esezi Ruling House)
• Professor S. Egite Oyovbaire (Orhue Ruling House)
• Chief Godwin Egigba (Orhoro Ruling House)

The Committee recommended that it was the turn of the Orhue Ruling House to provide a successor to Orhoro I. This recommendation was accepted by Udogun Okpe, which asked the Orhue Ruling House to produce the candidate to succeed Orhoro I. At the subsequent election conducted by the Orhue Ruling House Chieftaincy Selection Committee, Maj. Gen. Felix A. Mujakperuo (rtd) was successful, and was presented to the Udogun-Okpe where he was approved and ratified as Orhue I, the Orodje of Okpe Kingdom on July 08, 2004. However, the installation ceremonies were delayed until July 29, 2006, due to a legal suit brought to bear on the process by AVM Frank O. Ajobena (rtd), who contested for throne but lost.

HRM Orhue I was born on December 04, 1946 in Opuraja, in Okpe Local Government Area of Delta State. Prior to his ascension to the Orodjeship, he had served in the Nigerian Army where he attained the rank of Major-General, before he voluntarily retired in 1999.

After graduating from Urhobo College, Effurun, Delta State, in 1966, he worked briefly with the former Government Coastal Agency, Apapa, Lagos. He joined the Nigerian Defence Academy, Kaduna, in October 1968 as an Officer Cadet, and was commissioned into the Nigerian Army in March 1971, as an Infantry Officer. While in the Nigerian Army, the future Orhue I attended and passed several high ranking professional programmes and courses, and held several important positions, including:
• Director, Army Legal Services;
• Chief of staff ECOMOG Liberia.
• Chief of Operations, Nigerian Army;
• General Officer Commanding 82 Division, Enugu;
• General Officer Commanding 2 Division, Ibadan;
• Force Commander, ECOMOG Sierra Leone; and
• Commander, Training and Doctrine Command, Minna.

• During his tenure in the Nigerian Army, he was granted leave to pursue his legal studies at the University of Lagos, where he obtained his LL.B (Hons), and subsequently to the Nigerian Law School where he bagged his B.L. He later graduated from the Judge Advocate General’s School in the United States of America (USA), where he was conferred with his LL.M. He was a senior partner with the Law firm of M.J. Partnership in Lagos. Orhue I is thus the first university graduate to be installed as the Orodje of Okpe Kingdom. He also graduated from the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies, Kuru, Jos, and thus earned the initials mni after his name. Trained in several military institutions in the USA, Italy and India, Orhue I had vast national and international experience in management and governance. His honours and awards include the following
• Best all round Cadets at the Nigerian Defence Academy.
• Best Arts cadet at the Nigerian Defence Academy.
• Honour Graduate at USA Military Police School, Fort. MacLean, Alabama, USA.
• Commander of the Federal Republic, CFR
• Meritorious Service Star, MSS
• Silver Jubilee Medal, SJM
• United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon Medal
• ECOMOG Medal.

HRM Orhue I will continue to bring his vast managerial experience to bear on his reign and traditional administration as the Orodje of Okpe Kingdom.

Here are some pictures from the installation ceremonies of HRM Orhue l on Saturday, July 29, 2006, in Orerokpe, the headquarters of the Okpe Kingdom. (CLICK HERE)

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