The Bayelsa Government has intervened and peacefully resolved the land dispute between some claimants and the Nigerian Navy in Agudama-Epie community of the state.
The committee set up to look into the issue submitted the report to Gov. Douye Diri in Yenagoa on Monday.
Receiving the report, the governor stated that available facts showed that the navy was the rightful owner of the land in dispute.
Diri stated that the land in question was sold to the Nigerian navy by Rear Adm. Porbeni and that the security agency was the rightful occupier of the land.
“Clearly, the Nigerian Navy had no other contender to the land.
“Going forward, before you purchase land, visit the Ministry of Lands and Housing. Lawyers say that ignorance of offence is no excuse under the law.
“What you did was to buy a land that had already been bought by the navy and in the process you slowed down their pace of development,” the governor told the claimants.
He said the government intervention had prevented a bloodbath.
The governor added: “We would have had a bloodbath but the work of the committee averted that.
He further commended the navy for its patience during the period of the committee’s work and said government was committed to peaceful co-existence of residents of the state.
On the former claimants’ appeal for compensation, Diri said it would be looked into administratively and a decision communicated to them through the ministry of lands.
In his remarks, the secretary to the state government said the committee found out that the land belonged to the navy.
Benson however said that the committee, as part of its recommendations, appealed to the governor to support the former claimants to relocate.