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Published On: Thu, Feb 1st, 2018

Itsekiri, Ijaw feud over ownership of land of Maritime University deepens

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Osakhare Erese, Asaba

The land tussle between Ijaws and Itsekiri over the site of Maritime University in Gbaramatu kingdom in Warri South-West Local Government Area of Delta State deepened with Omadino community insisting that the land in Okerenghigo and not Okerenkoko as claimed by the Ijaws.
According to a statement issued yesterday by the people of Omadino, an Itsekiri community, they lauded the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister for Justice, Abubakar Malami over his memorandum to the National Assembly dated October 17, 2017 advising the legislators to comply with a Supreme Court judgment that recognized the site of the university as Okerenghigo.
The statement signed on behalf of the community by Prince Metsese Diden and Quincy Onuwaje, President and Public Relations Officer of Omadino Employment and Development Association (OEDA), the community reminded the National Assembly that it is part of the corporate existence of Nigeria which must be protected by law.
It said: “The Omadino community lauds the Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami over his memo to the National Assembly dated 17th October 2017” wherein he exercised what they described as an exceptional courage to identify and speak the truth at a time when many high officials of the Federal Government would rather play to the gallery and mix politics with issues of justice in such a way as to ridicule the entire edifice of government in a supposedly civilized society”.
“Omadino Employment and Development Association (OEDA), which is the Youth Wing of Omadino Community, thereby admonish the National Assembly not to forget that it is a part of the corporate existence of the Nigerian people, with statutory responsibility which extends beyond merely crafting the laws of our land, to applying same in all circumstances, as such, should not be seen to turn democracy on its head in an attempt to jettison the valid judgments of the Supreme Court of our land as regards the ownership and nomenclature of the location of the proposed Nigerian Maritime University, Okerenghigo, we are emphasizing that there is no place in Nigeria called Okerenkoko.”

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