THE Olu of Warri, Delta State, His Majesty, Ogiame Ikenwoli, has fingered the Federal and Delta State Governments for allegedly buying the positioning of the Nigerian Maritime College, NMU, in Warri South-West Native Authorities Space of the state, now a matter of disagreement between Ijaw and Itsekiri ethnic teams, from impostors.
The Olu, who bared the Itsekiri place when he hosted visiting Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, at his palace in Warri, demanded that the Federal Authorities appropriately purchase the NMU web site from the Itsekiri folks of Omadino, the lawful house owners of Okerenghigho group, and never interlopers, who renamed it Okerenkoko.
There was no love misplaced between the Ijaw and Itsekiri ethnic nationalities within the state over the possession of the situation of the college. Whereas the Ijaw declare that NMU is in Okerenkoko, a Gbaramatu-Ijaw land, the Itsekiri say it’s in Okerenghigho, belonging to Omadino folks of Itsekiri, which Ijaw acquired by power and renamed Okerenkoko.
Ogiame Ikenwoli, nevertheless, identified that he was not in opposition to the college, however wished the location to be legally acquired from the true house owners.
His phrases: “We, due to this fact, demand and enchantment that the Federal Authorities ought to correctly purchase the land for this college from Omadino the rightful and authorized homeowners of Okerenghigho group and pay them their rightful due.
Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Yemi Osinbajo (center); Delta State Governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa (left) and His Majesty Ogiame Ikenwoli the Olu of Warri, through the Vice President in the future working go to to Delta State.
“Given its potential to coach excessive degree manpower to discover and exploit our huge marine assets, the Itsekiri assist this establishment to be established at Okerenghigho, an Itsekiri neighborhood, which is likely one of the communities our neighbours have forcefully annexed and renamed Okerenkoko.”
In accordance with the monarch: “However we’re miffed that the federal government of former President Goodluck Jonathan, in connivance with the then Delta State authorities, purportedly acquired the land from sure people who possessed neither historic nor authorized title to the land, and reportedly even went forward to pay compensation to those impostors.
“Equally, Abiteye and Uton-nanna, the place there’s the move station, are illegally annexed as in the event that they have been a part of Gbaramatu.
“We plead with the Federal authorities, underneath President Muhammadu Buhari, to proceed, and even intensify its constitutional duty of safety of lives and properties all through the Niger Delta area. Criminality needs to be punished and never rewarded in any type, which has remained on the coronary heart of the disaster, resulting in an limitless cycle of violence, reward, after which extra violence and mindless destruction of oil amenities situated principally in Itsekiri areas, adopted by brazen stealing of crude oil, accompanied by huge environmental air pollution.
“We enjoin Mr. President to, as a matter of urgency, set up army bases in chosen areas within the Escravos and Benin River axis.”
VP mum on Olu’s declare
In his response, Osinbajo was silent on the problems raised by the monarch on the correct acquisition of the location of the college, a growth that didn’t go nicely with the Itsekiri chiefs within the palace.
Nonetheless, earlier than he visited the palace, he had spoken in regards to the maritime college at Oporoza, Gbaramatu Kingdom, the place he advised the those who President Muhammadu Buhari had directed the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs to take over the college and that the whole lot factor was being completed in that regard, whereas the invoice for its institution had handed the second studying within the Senate.
He mentioned: “The President is an trustworthy man, who has at all times had the fervour to rule the nation even when he was a army officer. I admit and agree with the Olu that I’m an in-regulation to the Itsekiri nation by advantage of my marriage to my spouse.
“The Federal Authorities is in a ha
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