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Toru-Ibe State creation: Monarch warns against ceding Bini land

By Gabriel Enogholase

BENIN-Oba Erediauwa of Benin Kingdom has warned the Federal Government against ceding any part of his kingdom to the Ijaw who are clamouring for the creation of a new state out of the present Edo and Delta states.

He gave the warning in Benin, Tuesday, when Governor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State and Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan of Delta State led some Itsekiri chiefs to pay a courtesy call on him in his palace.

Oba Erediauwa, who spoke through the tradi-tional Prime Minister of Benin, Chief Sam Igbe, appealed to both gover-nors to intervene in the moves by the Ijaw to get Toru-Ibe State out of their lands.

Oba Erediauwa said the Bini people have occupied their land from time immemorial. He said: “We had forwarded our request to Abuja through our representative at the National Assembly. It has reached a stage where you will have to intervene.

“The two states (Edo and Delta) are yours. I do not think you will sit back and allow your state to be taken away without any reason.

“What we are against is taking somebody’s land and giving same to another person. We do not have common boun-dary with those who want to take our land.”

He recalled how the matter was reported to late Head of State, General Sani Abacha, adding that it was wrong for the Ijaw to claim every part of the coastal region in the country.

Speaking earlier, a former commissioner in the defunct Bendel State, Chief Johnson Ayomike, said the demand for Toru-Ibe State was a threat to their homeland. He said: “We must not allow a repeat of colonialism.”



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