By Simon Ebegbulem
BENIN—THE Ogbe-Ijoh community in Warri South West Local Government Area of Delta State, has petitioned the Ijaw National Congress, INC, over alleged destruction of their community by a prominent Ijaw son in Delta State.
In the petition to the national President of the INC, Dr Atuboyedia Obianeni, the community said that after the expiration of the 99 years lease entered into by Sir Walter Egerton, the then Governor of the colony and Protectorate of Southern Nigeria and UAC on behalf of the Ogbe-Ijoh people (1906) with which UAC built the houses, “some persons were alleged to have bought some of the property.
“In the course of exercising the ownership right, law abiding Ogbe-Ijoh indigenes and tenants resident within the aforementioned areas were forcefully evicted. The Pere in Council and Ogbe-Ijoh community leadership intervened and the said man agreed to restrict himself to the two houses he bought.
“And more importantly, one of the documents issued to him (names withheld) states his ownership to exclude the right of ways and other adjoining areas.
“His quest for inordinate expansion to amass Ogbe-Ijoh lands had led to his demolishing the Ogbe-Ijoh community thereby rendering hundreds of families homeless in their own land,” the community said, adding that he should be called to order.
The petition added that “ as the apex Ijaw organization, we write on behalf of the poor, powerless and defenseless Ogbe_Ijoh people that you intervene in this matter before it gets out of hand. While thanking you for the achievements so far recorded, we sincerely believe that INC will come to our rescue”.