By Festus Ahon & Ochuko Akuopha
ASABA—DELTA State High Court sitting in Bomadi has resolved the land dispute between the state and Bayelsa State, granting statutory right of occupancy of the disputed piece of land to Okia community in Burutu Local Government Area, Delta State.
Okia and Agge community in Ekeremor Local Government Area of Bayelsa State have been at loggerheads over the ownership of the land.
The claimants, Pius Gbeneyi, Christopher Dove and Francis Akara, had for themselves and on behalf of Okia community, dragged the defendants, William Isiayei, Mr. Monday Lugbenwei, Mr. Okuku Imole, for themselves and on behalf of Agge community to the court, praying the court to grant them “statutory right of occupancy to the piece or parcel of land which is lying, being and situate at Okia community in Burutu.”
Trial judge, Justice Michael Obi, ruled: “I have given due consideration to the evidence of claimant’s witnesses. The traditional history of the claimants was only challenged to the extent that the land in dispute formed part of Okibouland.
“I hereby declare that the claimants are entitled to statutory right of occupancy to that piece or parcel of land known and called Okia community land, which land is lying, being and situate at Okia community in Burutu Local Government Area of Delta State.”