By Egufe Yafugborhi & Ochuko Akuopha
WARRI—NIGER Delta Alliance for Equity and Justice, NDAEJ, has urged the National Assembly to take cognizance of the Supreme Court’s judgment on the ownership of the location where the institution is to be sited in passing the Nigeria Maritime University Bill, reiterating that the name of the place is Okerenghigho and not Okerenkoko as currently contained in the bill.
It said: The Itsekiri nation is not against the setting up of the maritime university at Okerenghigho,” emphasizing that “The land should be properly negotiated with the Omadino people who are the rightful owners of the land as upheld by the Supreme Court in suit no: SC/294/70 between James Aluba 7 and Co versus Chief Silo and Co (1973) INSCC, Vol 8, page 47.”
The group, in a statement by its National Coordinator, Mr. Terry Ajagbawa, said: “The efficacy of the rule of law is hinged on the compliance by governmental bodies and agencies with decisions of court.
“What nature has for the entire Itsekiri nation cannot be the basis for it to be under constant attack. It is not in dispute that the precursor to the current Niger Delta crisis has its origin from the famous Warri crisis spanning from 1997 to 2003 where the Warri South-West Local Government Area, Delta State, was moved illegally from Ogidigben Ugborodo, an Itsekiri enclave to Ogbe-Ijaw.
“It is known to a first year law undergraduate that such act is absurd and a vain attempt to amend the constitution by a state legislature is nothing but an exercise in futility as the 774 local governments are contained in the first schedule of the constitution.”