CONCOCTION OF JAUNDICED WRITE-UPS IN NEWSPAPERS CANNOT OBLITERATE A SETTLED MATTER IN LAW.

Resorting to articles laced with jaundiced quotations; or threats of hostilities, and alleged systemic kidnapping of Benins or overstretching the tacit support of former President Goodluck Jonathan GCFR to criminally seize our territory is a façade.

CONCOCTION OF JAUNDICED WRITE-UPS IN NEWSPAPERS CANNOT OBLITERATE A SETTLED MATTER IN LAW – BEING A PRESS RELEASE BY THE BENIN NATIONAL CONGRESS, 22ND NOVEMBER, 2017.

We read a written article in Vanguard Newspaper of 21st November 2017 published at page 39 and signed by some self styled Ijaw activists which purport was to misinform gullible members of the public on the indefatigable ownership of Gelegele land by the Benins.  In the judgment where the ownership of Gelegele was settled at the Supreme Court; it is instructive to state that the Oba of Benin (Oba Erediauwa CFR) won in all layers of the court vis – the High Court, Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court in spite of all rhetoric’s and jaundiced write-ups pleaded as exhibits or attestations by the Ijaws.

Their refusal to accept the humble pile, by appreciating our hospitality and restraint from a total eviction of all. Ijaws hibernating in Gelegele land further portray the unseen sponsors of this mischievous advertorial, as ungrateful and wicked. Based on the decades of hostilities to our people; the common idea by our youths following the supreme Court pronouncement was a total eviction, save for the Omo n’ Oba n’ Edo Uku Akpolokpolo – Oba Erediauwa who pleaded for the withdrawal of well mobilized Benin based youths on their way to Gelegele to celebrate the judgement with our Gelegele based Benins.

The Oba reasoned that the gathering in Gelegele could be misinterpreted as a violent resort to ‘unofficially’ execute the Supreme Court judgement clearly and unambiguously defining the Ijaws as ‘customary tenants’ to the Oba of Benin and the Benins.

For the umpteenth time, we oblige here under those not familiar with the legal disputations and determination of the ownership of Gelegele by the Benins – – 1. High Court of Justice, Benin Judgment delivered on the 22nd December 1978 by Justice. Ekeruche J in Suit No. B/I44/1970;

2. Federal Court of Appeal judgment delivered on the 16th December1981 by Abdul Ganiy Olatunji· Agbaja and 2 others in Suit No. FCA/B/82/80;

3. Supreme Court unanimous Judgment delivered on the 19th ‘August 1983 by Muhamedu Lawai Uwais, former Chief Justice of the Federation and 4 others in Suit No. SC.131/1982.

It’s a notorious fact that security agencies are aquinted that some Ijaws have severally brutalized Benin Chiefs and Duke appointed by the Oba to traditionally administer the area, sometimes, brigands of Ijaw extraction burnt down our shrines and homes of hundreds of Benins in that area in a militant fashion to portray themselves as war mongers aimed at scaring our people.

No man has a monopoly of violence, we hope the security agencies will cure this age long bravado, while believing that justice will be served and seen to be served on all those behind the recent orgy of sacrilege by attempting to install an alien King in Benin territory.

To start with, we are ‘Benins’ and not ‘Binis’. The area presently occupied by Ijaws bothering Ughoton and bight of Benin belong to the Benin’s and under customary jurisdiction of the Oba of Benin, this is a well settled matter in the supreme court. Resorting to articles laced with jaundiced quotations; or threats of hostilities, and alleged systemic kidnapping of Benins or overstretching the tacit support of former President Goodluck Jonathan GCFR to criminally seize our territory is a façade.

That the Oba of Lagos and other prominent traditional rulers and Intellects credits the Benins as the founders of modern Lagos or Eko has not, and cannot prompt Benins to kidnapping or other devious measures to seize any part of that territory as ours. That a certain Allan Ryder authored a book titled Benins and the Europeans and therein published his opinions on the pre-colonization era of the Benins, Itsekiris, Ibos, Ijaws and Urhobos around the coastal areas does not amount to ‘deed of transfer’; and relying on same and other politically motivated campaign rallies to Gelegele to solicit inhabitants support, as grounds of ownership is to say the least pedestrian.

We look forward to total arrest of those aiding and abetting this injustice against Benin hospitality.

Signed by

Comrade Osaretin Igbinogun – Director of Mobilization, BNC.

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