By Emma Amaize
WARRI—NATIONAL Coordinator, Niger Delta Scholars, Chief Keme Monday, yesterday, said since 2016, residents of Ogbe-Ijoh, Warri South-West Local Government Area, Delta State, have been prevented from passing the only link road to their community allegedly by neighbouring Aladja community in Udu Local Government Area of the state.
Chief Monday, in a statement, said: “The governor of Delta State is aware that the only access road to the headquarters of Warri South-West had been blocked by Aladja people since March 24, 2016, depriving the council workers, school teachers and others access to the road.
“The headquarters of Warri South-West and Isaba communities were disconnected by Aladja people from the national grid in the past two years and government of Delta State has not done anything about it,” he lamented.
The Ogbe-Ijoh leader, who flayed the handling of the crisis between the two communities by the state government, said: “The state government cannot claim to be ignorant of the existence of boundary law which government in the past had consistently maintained as evidenced in the present maps of Udu and Warri South- West councils.
“First was Public Notice No 28 of 1946 enitled ‘Southern Nigeria Protectorate’ which created the boundary line between the Urhobo and Warri divisions and demarcated the boundary to be the creek by Delta Steel Company, which the company converted to drainage.
“Then in 1955, the above mentioned boundary law was amended via Gazette No 176 of 1955, which shifted the boundary between the then Urhobo and Warri divisions to the present roundabout in Aladja town.
“The above referenced law was applied to resolve the boundary dispute between Ekpan in Uvwie Local Government and Ubeji in Warri South Local Government on one hand and Oghara in Ethiope West and Koko in Warri North councils.
“Any attempt to share the entire land in Ogbe Ijoh, which Aladja claimed to be disputed land equally, to the two communities and to shift the council boundary to the new point of division by the Okowa-led state government is strange and unknown to the law as the state government lacks such powers,” he added.