Itsekiri Community Urges Okowa To Ignore Oghara Land Protests
Itsekiri Community Urges Okowa To Ignore Oghara Land Protests

Itsekiri Community Urges Okowa To Ignore Oghara Land Protests.

Itsekiri Community Urges Okowa To Ignore Oghara Land Protests.
Itsekiri Community Urges Okowa To Ignore Oghara Land Protests.

The Obitugbo Management Committee, an Itsekiri community in Delta State’s Warri North Local Government Area, has urged Delta State Governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa to disregard the recent protest by the people of Oghara over an allegation that His Royal Majesty, Ogiame Atuwatse ll, the Olu of Warri Kingdom, handed over a vast expanse of their land to the Nigerian Army.

In a press release titled “Re: illegal and unlawful handover of vast expanse of land belonging to Oghara and located at Otegbo (which the Itsekiri call Obitugbo) village to the Nigerian Army by his royal Majesty, Ogiame Atuwatse III, the Olu of Warri kingdom,” the community accused the Oghara of resorting to violence to get what they wanted.

On the 5th of April, 2022, the Oghara Traditional Council, led by HRM King Noble Eshemitan, Uku Ogharaname, requested that Delta State Governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, intervene in the ownership of lands located at Ajagbodudu and Otegbo (which the Itsekiri call Obitugbo) villages between the Urhobos of Oghara Kingdom in Ethiope West LGA and the Itse

They further accused the Itsekiris of attempting to create a private institution in Otegbo, an Oghara land region.

The Obitugbo community, on the other hand, claimed in a rejoinder signed by the Chairman of the community, Mr Justice Akuyoma, the Secretary, Esaye Luke Ariyoh, and the Alare-Aja of the community, Pa Isaac Jemide, that the proposed University of Warri, as well as other institutions, are on lands owned by the Obitugbo community.

They further stated that Obitugbo is an Itsekiri community built by Iyatsere Egharegbemi, who resided there with his wife, children, and domestics, and that his ancestors exercised various acts of possession and ownership over Obite-Ugbo, which is still inhabited by his descendants to this day.

According to the press release, the problem of land ownership can only be resolved by competent law courts, and the Oghara people have been to court with the Delta State Government and the Obitugbo people, and their cases have been dismissed.

They did, however, emphasize that the Oghara people should be subjected to the rule of law rather than violence, as threatened in their different media sources.

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