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Land Dispute: Community Advises Monarch On Court Order

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The Paramount Ruler of Iriebe community in Obio/Akpor Local Government Area of Rivers State, Eze Mike Eleto has been  urged to stop disrespecting count order  on the land dispute involving his community, Rumuokwurusi, Ikwerrengwo  and Atali communities.
The Eze Nvike I of Okwurusi, Benneth Worgu said that a court order with suit  No PHC/2456/2016 had restrained the people of Iriebe and one Nkemakolam Nwamuo of Umuotube Community to  desist from further encroachment on lands belonging to Rumuokwurusi, Atali and Ikwerrengwo communities.
Eze  Worgu said that the  continuous encroachment  on the land by the Iriebe community was the  highest  level of disrespect  to constituted authorities, stressing that, the court had ordered all parties to stop  all activities until the determination of the case.
The Rumuokwurusi monarch stressed the need for the state government and security agencies to call the Iriebe monarch to order with a view to avoiding communal  conflicts in the area.
Eze Worgu, who spoke on behalf of the three communities,  however,   said  that the people of Rumuokwurusi, Atali and Ikwerrengwo will continue  to remain peaceful  and law- abiding inspite of the obvious threats to their land by their Iriebe  neighbours.
However, when  contacted, Eze Eleto admitted  that there  was a court order on the said  land but declined further comments.
Eze Eleto told The Tide reporter in his  house in  Iriebe that, he had nothing contrary  to the position of Rumuokwurusi and the other communities.

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Hausa Traders, Fulani Herdsmen Clash In Delta

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Uneasy calm has engulfed residents of Sapele, Sapele Local Government Area of Delta State as Hausa traders and Fulani herders in the area recently engaged in a bloody clash at the popular Hausa Market along Benin-Warri road, Amukpe.
Witnesses said that no fewer than 10 persons sustained various degrees of injuries in the ensuing pandemonium and were rushed to different hospitals in the area.
Some wooden shops at the market were also destroyed in the clash, which resulted in a massive gridlock, with many motorists hurriedly abandoning their vehicles by the roadside and fleeing for safety.
It was gathered that the two warring groups started engaging in a superiority battle last Sunday night after a Hausa boy from one of the Northern states was reportedly stabbed by a Fulani herder in the bush, and he rushed home with injuries.
Angered by the stabbing, the Hausas in the market, especially those of Nasarawa origin, were said to have hurriedly mobilised and attacked the Fulani herdsmen settlements in the bush.
But the Fulanis reportedly fought back, allegedly with dangerous weapons, a development which resulted in the battle that got even people running for their lives.
Meanwhile, Police operatives from the Sapele Police Station, led by CSP Harrison Nwaboisi, have waded into the incident by mobilising security to strategic locations with a view to dousing the tension and preventing further damage.
Commenting on the incident, a trader at the market, Ibrahim Umoru, told journalists that the crisis erupted after an Hausa boy was stabbed by a Fulani man because he was allegedly found around their camp.
“Maybe he (Fulani man) thought the boy came to steal from them. He did not ask why he (the boy) was there. The matter came to us this morning and we can’t just sit there and watch them attack us every time. We want to tell them that we are not fools,” the Hausa trader stated.
A Fulani herdsman who spoke with newsmen on the condition of anonymity blamed the Hausas for the clash, but did not elaborate.
The acting Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Edafe Bright, could not be reached for comment on the incident as at the time of filing this report.

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PANDEF, HOSTCOM, Others Berate Kyari

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Pan Niger Delta Forum (PANDEF); Host Communities of Nigeria (HOSTCOM), and other stakeholders of Niger Delta, recently, disagreed with Group Managing Director of Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Mr Kele Kyari, over his claim that three per cent for Host Communities Trust Fund was higher than 30 per cent for exploration on Frontier Basin in the new Petroleum Industry Act (PIA).
PANDEF’s National Publicity Secretary, Ken Robinson, said: “The statement by Mr Kyari, the Group Managing Director of NNPC, that the three per cent provision for the Host Communities Development Trust in the Petroleum Industry Act is higher than the 30 per cent allocation for Frontier Exploration, is absurd and presumptuous.
According to PANDEF, “How can anyone make such an irrational comparison? It is adding insult to injury, to say the least.
“Oil and gas host communities in Niger Delta bear the brunt of the industry operations. With colossal adverse effects on the region’s hitherto luxurious ecosystem; the indigenous people’s means of livelihood have been grossly degraded, with little, if any, improvement in their standard of living.
“And so, it is awful for anyone to compare, for any reason, the paltry three per cent provision for the Host Communities Trust Fund to the humongous 30 per cent allocation for the nebulous Frontier Exploration Fund. It is baseless and makes no sense.
“Kyari’s expression reflects the uncouth contempt and injustice being carried out against Niger Delta. The nation cannot continue in this trajectory.”
National President, HOSTCOM, Chief Benjamin-Style Tamaranebi, who reacted to the controversy, said: “We keep hearing from Minister of State (Petroleum) and GMD, NNPC, that 30 per cent NNPC profit is lesser than three per cent Host Communities’ operating cost.
“GMD Kyari Mele is entitled to his opinion because we are not privileged to what is happening in the corporation and it is like a cook, who went out to the market to get foodstuff and prepare a meal for guests, the guests only know what was placed before them.
Pere (traditional ruler) of Seimbiri Kingdom in Delta State and former national chairman, Traditional Rulers of Oil Minerals Producing Communities of Nigeria, TROMPCON, Charles Ayemi-Botu, said: “That is arrant nonsense. Kyari should go and tell that to the marines or to Musa. By the way, what is the rationale in making such arrogant statement? No person in his true sense of reason will make such a ridiculous, unguarded and blasphemous statement.
“He should hide his head in shame, for the opportunity in becoming the Group Managing Director of NNPC without knowing the difference between three per cent and 30 per cent. He may best be described as a round peg in a square hole. We are in government of nepotism and winner takes all syndrome.
“Kyari did not expatiate on the details that informed such unguarded, erratic and stupid statement. Host communities are requesting nothing less than 10 per cent allocation to assuage the age long ecological degradation/devastation, environmental hazards, pollution of our only source of livelihood, our ecosystem has been totally destroyed, acid rains as well as the depletion of the ozone layers bring diseases, culminating in infant mortality/premature death, etc.”
An indigene of oil and gas rich, but neglected Oluasiri clan in Nembe LGA of Bayelsa, Iniruo Wills, said: “That is an utterly irrelevant comparison. It is a mechanical attempt at diverting attention from the gross injustice of treating communities as a nuisance factor.
“The real question is how does three per cent of mere operational expenses compare with the 10 per cent equity originally proposed at the beginning of the PIB journey or with the 10 per cent of profits that it was first watered down to by then President Jonathan and oil minister, Diezani Allison-Madueke, before Bukola Saraki’s National Assembly later cannibalised it down to 2.5 per cent of profits, setting the stage for the current crop of executives and legislators to do this final havoc”.
Coordinator, Niger Delta Peace Coalition, Zik Gbemre, said: “The comparison is immaterial, a meaningful distraction. It is extreme corruption for government to fund oil and gas prospecting. That is the reality Kyari would not mention”.
National president, Vanguard for Transparent Leadership and Accountability (VATLAD), Mr Emmanuel Igbini, declared: “From my deep knowledge of the Nigerian upstream petroleum sector, I know that data and figures thrown at Nigerians by the International Oil Companies, IOCs, are not credible at all.”
Minority rights activist, Eric Omare, said: “I do not have the statistics as per the total yearly operational cost of oil operations in Nigeria and the NNPC yearly profit on oil. However, the key point in the GMD’s comment, which is correct is that the criteria for arriving at the Host Communities Trust Fund and the Frontier Areas Fund are not same”.
John Okodi-Iyah, an engineering consultant in Akwa Ibom State, said the NNPC boss was economical with the truth.
“They can deceive some of the people sometime or all the time, but not all the people, all the time,” he said.

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Monarch Proclaims Ogwu Ekpeye Festival

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The Eze Igbu Ubie of Ubie Kingdom in Ahoada West Local Government Area, Eze Maxwell A. Okpokiri, has proclaimed the Ogwu Ekpeye Festival open.
The proclamation took place at Odiereke, Ahoada West Local Government Area.
The Ogwu Ekpeye festival is an annual event by the Ekpeye nation to mark the end of the Ekpeye wrestling tournament and the Ekpeye yearly calendar.
According to the people the festival is celebrated with new yam, fun fair, cultural displays, folklores, visitations, among other traditional rites.
Eze Okpokiri said the festival was a source of unity in the Ekpeye nation.
He urged the Ekpeye people both at home and abroad to note that 23rd of September is Eke Okpochi, 24th Uwa O’romu and harvesting of new yam, 25th is Uchi Agbala, while 29th of September will witness Izu’ogwu Ekpeye festival celebration proper.
The monarch also used the occasion to call on the Ekpeye people not to politicise the stool of the Eze Ekpeye Logbo, adding that the stool is hereditary and not for contest.
According to him, “from history the traditional position has never attracted government recognition”.
Igbu Ubie and precisely Ula-Ubie community is the sole custodians of the tenents of Ekpeye customs and tradition in the lineage of Imaji family.
Okpokiri, who urged the Ekpeye nation to emulate their brothers in Ikwerre and Ogba as far as hereditary kingship was concerned, said time had come for the people to learn how to do things in line with the Ekpeye customs and traditions.

By: Elendu-Obochi Esther,
Inimgba Favour Victor &
Oribim Iyanaa Ibama

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