The call by an Ijaw group in the Warri South-West Local Government Council area of Delta State that the Governor of the state, Dr. Okowa should sanction his Commissioner for Oil and Gas, Mr. Mofe Pirah over a statement credited to the Commissioner that the Ijaws should negotiate with their Itsekiri counterparts over the stalemate in the name of the community in which the proposed Maritime University is sited has been described as most unfortunate and ridiculous such can only emerged from those who cherish the culture of ‘lawlessness’ as against the ‘rule of law.
INYC, in a statement by its branch chairman, Mr. Daniel Nanna in Koko yesterday said: ”All that Mr. Pirah said was to merely re-echo a subsisting judgment of the Supreme Court, which unambiguously asserted that Okerenkoko is unknown to law, and by extension the geography of Nigeria.
“Instead of heeding the wise counsel suggested by the Delta State Commissioner for Oil and Gas, which has the potential of evolving a ‘face-saving escape route’ for the Ijaw settlers of the area, and giving them some sense of belonging, they have opted for threatening fire and brimstone against Itsekiri. Ijaws should accept the reality that the name Okerenkoko is unknown to the law.”
“We urged Governor Okowa to dismiss such calls for the sanctioning of Mr. Pirah for proffering workable solution such that the Ijaws he represents in the State Executive Council will not lose everything to the Omadino community whom the Supreme Court has pronounced as the landlord of the lands presently assumed to constitute the hoax call Gbaramtu Kingdom” he added.