July 21, 2024

Concerned Ogbe-Ijoh Youths Writes Governor Oborevwori, Expresses Worry Over Ogbe-ljoh/Aladja Boundary Committee

His Excellency,
Chief (Elder) Sheriff Oborevwori,
The Executive Governor of Delta State,
Government House,
Asaba,

Your Excellency Sir,

OBSERVATIONS, CONDUCT/ACTIVITIES OF MEMBERS OF THE COMMITTEE ON THE DEMARCATION OF THE BOUNDARY BETWEEN ALADJA AND OGBE-IJOH: A CALL FOR URGENT INTERVENTION BY CONCERNED OGBE-IJOH YOUTHS

Your Excellency will recall that on Tuesday, the first day of August, 2023 at Exco Chambers, Government House, Asaba, you had your first meeting with representatives of Aladja and Ogbe-Ijoh communities including the various security Heads in the State and promise to resolve the boundary dispute between the two communities. In fact, Your Excellency gave a matching order to the Committee within two weeks to report back to you and that was the last we heard from the said Committee. This, to us is not a surprise because at the last count, more than twenty (20) of such Committees have been created either private or Government driven. Because our neighbors, the Aladja people have vowed to frustrate every genuine efforts in resolving the boundary dispute as always being demonstrated whenever decisions are collectively taken including recent Government decisions.

Your Excellency in further demonstration of your commitment in resolving the boundary dispute, later directed the Secretary to the State Government to continue the process of demarcation and series of meetings were held with representatives from both communities especially the youths. And the last meeting was on Tuesday, the 9th of April, 2024. In attendance were the Honorable Speaker Delta State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Emomotimi Guwor, Dr. Kingsley Emu, SSG, some civil Commissioners, Delta State Peace Building and Conflict Resolution Committee as led by Chief Edwin Uzor, the Chairman and Director General of Delta State Waterways/Inland Security Committee, Chief Boro Opudu and Hon. David Tonwe, Representatives of the Heads of Security in the State including Representative of Delta State Traditional Rulers Council as well as Representatives of their Royal Majesties the Amakosu of Ogbe-Ijoh and the Ovie of Udu together with the youths.

And acording to the Ogbe-Ijoh Representatives in the said meeting, the Secretary to Delta State Government ONLY communicated to them the State Government position on the boundary dispute between the two Communities as well as trending online statement quoted the SSG, Dr. Kingsley Emu in the affirmative. Shortly after the said meeting, as their trade in stock, Aladja community issued several press statements indicting the Secretary to the State Government, Dr. Kingsley Emu and others of planning to implement “Minority Report” on the boundary dispute, which is not true. What is being described as Minority Report is actually decision reached by all concern in an Expanded Security Council Meeting held on the 16th of December, 2016 at the Unity Hall Government House Asaba. In attendance were the then Executive Governor of Delta State, Sen. (Dr.) Ifeanyi Okowa, the Orodje of Okpe, who was then 1st Vice Chairman of Delta State Traditional Rulers Council and now Chairman of the Council led other Urhobo Traditional Rulers, the Pere of Akugbene-Mein, who was the then 2nd Vice Chairman of Delta State Traditional Rulers Council and now 1st Vice Chairman of the Council led other Ijaw Traditional Rulers. Others were members of the then Delta State Advisory Council, top Government functionaries, Representatives of Security Agencies in the State, members of Prof. Ekoko led Panel of Inquiry on the boundary dispute and Representatives of the affected Communities. In the said expanded Security Council Meeting, Prof Ekoko briefed the Governor and others and mentioned 289 hectares of land as the “undeveloped area between the two communities” as the area in dispute and at the end of the meeting, after consultation with Traditional Rulers, H. E. Sen. (Dr.) Ifeanyi Okowa declared the “Compulsory Acquisition of 289 hectares of land”.

It will also interest you to know that the said 289 hectares of land considered as disputed land in it’s entirety is in Warri South West LGA Ogbe-Ijoh and it’s not in best interest of Ogbe-Ijoh people to accept such aquisition as proposed by goverment but we are only managing ourselves to help promote the desired peaceful coexistence.

However, subsequent inter mediating Committees like the ” Self Appointed Edwin Uzor Committee” that see the process as money making venture and collected millions of naira from the State Government – some of which Edwin Uzor tagged “Compensation” and played into the hands of the immediate past Udu Council Chairman, Mr. Jite Brown who is not only an indigene of Aladja but an interested party in the boundary conflict that influenced Edwin Uzor and misled the Military in providing security for Edwin Uzor to do the bidding of the then Udu Council chairman. They used force to share the said disputed land to Dumuje borrow pit and abandoned the project when money was no longer coming from Delta State Government for Edwin Uzor and his likes to share. At this juncture, we urge Edwin Uzor to tow the path of honor and honorably excuse himself from the boundary Demarcation Committee.

Furthermore, your Excellency will recall also that since the pronouncements of Delta State Government vis-a-vis the Tuesday, April 9, 2024 meeting, Aladja Community has been mountaing pressure on Delta State Government to do otherwise – against what was collectively agreed in the meeting and we are worried as a people that the inability of the State Government to take a definite stand on this issue is the cause of the prolonged boundary dispute. That as youths, we will resist any attempt by Delta State Government to do otherwise from what was agreed on the said Tuesday April 9, 2024 meeting will be vehemently opposed.

Sign
Comr. Jonathan Afesieke
Capt. Aberike Daubor
Eng. Elakeme Tonwarebo