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Continued Trespass On Gelegele Land Is An Invitation To Anarchy —Ijaw Group Warns Benin Monarch



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Experiences have it that yesterday, over 25 law enforcement officials and employees was despatched to construct residential estates for the Oba of Benin at Gelegele-gbene (Gelegele), a neighborhood in Ovia North East Native Authorities Space, Edo State, which has been in competition between the Ijaws and Binis within the state. gathered, that law enforcement officials that have been to supply safety for the employees, however Gelegele natives, primarily Ijaws, didn’t discover the explanation for his or her go to and motion of commencing a housing undertaking humorous.

Nationwide President of the Ijaw Individuals Improvement Initiative, IPDI, Austin Ozobo, claimed that the Oba of Benin despatched folks to the neighborhood to begin the development of residential estates, including that it was provocative, therefore the villagers pursued the over 50 law enforcement officials from the neighborhood. Reacting to the incidents Mr. Pereotubo R. Oweilaemi,
President, Ijaw Youth Congress worldwide. He wrote; “The Ijaw nation want to go a notice of warning to the Bini ethnic nationality over the continued encroachment of Gelegelegbene lands by the Oba of Benin and his topics. The silent struggle of aggression towards the Ijaws in Edo State notably the folks of Gelegelegbene is attending to an alarming price. We can’t fold our arms anymore. The Bini Monarch is looking the shot. His unprovoked trespassing on the Gelegelegbene lands every day is a declaration of fratricidal struggle towards the Ijaw nation and we’ll now not fold our arms. No Ijaw land wherever in Nigeria together with Edo State will likely be ceded to any self-professed aggressor. We’re equal to the duty and we’ll defend our father’s lands with all vigour. The proposed constructing of a palace on Gelegelegbene land by the Bini Monarch didn’t solely be seen by the Ijaw nation as a despicable land grabbing syndicate, we additionally see the gesture as an open declaration of struggle of aggression towards your entire Ijaw nation. An assault on one Ijaw neighborhood is an assault on your entire Ijaw nation. We are going to now not condone this Bini folks’s land grabbing angle. We’re not unaware that the Oba of Benin in connivance with the Edo State Authorities has employed some compromised safety brokers to help them in perpetuating their evil agenda. Not fairly a very long time in the past troopers from the 4th Brigade, Benin in Edo State and 19 Battalion, Koko in Delta State have been drafted to Gelegelegbene for the aim of emasculating the folks in order that the Oba can perform his evil plan. Having failed to achieve utilizing the army to good his plans because of the public outcries by the Ijaw folks and plenty of different civil society organisations, the war-mongering Bini Monarch has once more solicited the help of the Nigeria Police from Zone 5, Benin in Edo State to help his heinous crime towards the Gelegelegbene folks within the State beneath the gleeful eyes of the Authorities. We’re warning the safety businesses to be impartial on this matter. They need to not by act or omission stoke ethnic disaster in Edo State. We is not going to have any drawback with them in the event that they go there to take care of legislation and order. Being utilized by the Monarch to harass and intimidate Ijaw folks for the Oba to illegally construct his palace in Gelegelegbene land is what the Ijaw nation stands to sentence. As for the Edo State Authorities, because it has grow to be a coverage that the Ijaws in State don’t deserved to be protected by the previous, we’ll do properly to face with our kith and kin of their ancestral lands. The Ijaws in Edo State even pre-existed the Bini ethnic nationality. The Ijaw nation will rise in defence of our lands within the State by each means mandatory because the Authorities therein has chosen to exterminate our existence in Edo State by way of the Bini King. We’re calling on the Federal Authorities, Nationwide Meeting and the Governors of the South South Geo-political Zone to prevail on the Edo State Authorities and the Oba of Benin to cease their aggressive motion towards the Ijaw nation. The actions of the Bini King is a ticking time bomb which can explode at anytime. A totally blown ethnic disaster is inevitable. To be forewarned is to be forearmed.”

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