Oghara Traditional Council (OTC), Ethiope West local government area of Delta State has raised the alarm over the alleged unlawful handover of vast expanse of land belonging to Oghara to the Nigerian Army by His Royal Majesty, Ogiame Atuwatse lll, the Olu of Warri.
His Royal Majesty, Noble Eshemitan Orefe lll, Ovie of Oghara Kingdom, in a letter, also demanded for an immediate cessation of the actions and activities of these encroachments at Otegbo (which the Itsekiri call Obitugbo) village in whatever guise or coloration.
The letter, dated March 5, 2022, and addressed to Delta State government and also copied, the Nigerian Army Headquarters, Abuja, the Commanding Officer, Nigerian Army, Koko, office of the Vice-President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Abuja, Attorney-General and Minister of Justice, Abuja, Inspector-General of Police, Abuja. Director-General, State Security Service, Abuja, national and state assemblies and others, called for appropriate action.
According to the letter, “Re: The Illegal and Unlawful Handing Over Vast Expanse of Land Belonging To Oghara”, at Otegbo (which the Itsekiri call Obitugbo) Urhobos of Oghara in Ethiope West local government area to the Nigerian Army by His Royal Majesty, Ogiame Atuwatse lll The Olu of Warri,” Oghara Kingdom challenged the handover of their land to the Army.
The letter reads in part, “We refer to the above subject and our numerous letters and submissions regarding the ownership of lands located at Ajagbodudu and Otegbo (which the Itsekiris call Obitugbo) villages between the Urhobo of Oghara Kingdom in Ethiope West local government area and the Itsekiri in Warri North local government area, both of Delta State, variously dated.
“We had earlier in one of our numerous letters referred to above, disclosed of the plan by the Itsekiris to establish a private University in the Oghara land territory of Otegbo. It was our unequivocal demand then, that all constructions and activities being carried out by the Itsekiri, particularly by one Mr. Godwin Ebosa, on any portion of the Oghara land territory of Otegbo be frozen in the interim, pending the findings and resolution by the Delta state boundary committee on the matter.
“It is on record that after the presentations made by Oghara to the Delta State Boundary Committee awaiting the Itsekiris to do same, the Itsekiris, in desperate pursuit of their expansionist tendencies, brazenly went ahead with their plans to purportedly site the proposed private University which they called the Warri University on the Oghara land territory of Otegbo as we had earlier alerted notwithstanding the unconcluded investigations being conducted by the Delta State Boundary Committee, as directed by the Office of the Vice President.