Uhie community and Evbuekpen community in Oredo Local Government Area and Ikpoba-Okha Local Government Area of Edo State have instituted a suit against the Rubber Research Institute of Nigeria (RRIN) at the Edo State High Court alleging that the 60 years old institute has been working on their lands without their consent.
The communities is therefore demanding for a cumulative compensation of N150,000,000 for general damages.
The Suite marked: B/806/2021 and filed by Olayiwola Afolabi Chambers has Pa Alfred Imafidon (community eldest man), Williams Edos Ekhaguere, Madam Iroghama Onaghise and Madam Elizabeth Ehibor, all from Uhie community has claimants, while RRIN and its Executive Director are defendants in the Suit.
In the land measuring 238.098 hectares, which the claimants claimed belong to them, the claimants argued that the defendants were not entitled to enter the place (land), adding that the company did not obtain the consent of the community who are the owners of the land, just as they described the defendants as encroachers and trespassers.
The claimants prayed the court to order their vacation and an order restraining “their defendants and/or privies from trespassing and/or further trespassing into the said land.”
Similarly, in the second suit marked: B/460/21 and also being handled by Olayiwola Afolabi Chambers, the claimants on behalf of Evbuekpen community against RRIN, also want the court to declare the RRIN are “not entitled to enter upon or carry out any activities in the land described herein as their present entry and activities thereupon amount to trespass.
“An order of perpetual restraining the defendants, their agents or privies from selling, alienating transferring or dealing with the said land in a manner inconsistent with the right of the claimant.”
Recalled that RRIN had in January 2021 written to Uhie community alleging encroachment into its land but a reply letter by Afolabi to the institute on behalf of the community said their forefathers gave the institute “a vast land for the purpose of rubber research” alleging that in 1985, the institute extended its gate that affected the community’s shrine and other traditional grounds without due process.
Drogba Returns, Scores Hat-trick Against Arsene Wenger’s Team
Chelsea legend, Didier Drogba, on Wednesday night, returned to action to score a hat-trick against Arsene Wenger’s UNICEF XI team in a charity match.
Wenger returned to management to lead a UNICEF XI out against Marseille legends.
Wenger’s side moved into a 2-1 lead at the Stade Velodrome in his first.
However, Drogba stole the show with his trio of goals for Marseille legends.
The Ivory Coast legend found the net twice and then even dusted off his infamous celebration for his third goal.
Marseille legends triumphed 7-4 against UNICEF XI.
Formula One hotshot Pierre Gasly was also on target in the enthralling game.
Meanwhile, Robert Pires, Jens Lehmann, Mathieu Flamini and Samir Nasri, all Arsenal legends under Wenger, made appearances last night.
EFCC Bursts Internet Fraudsters Hideout, Arrests 22
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Ibadan Zonal Command, has arrested 22 “Yahoo Boys” for alleged involvement in internet fraud.
The suspects were identified as Akintunde Ibrahim Olajide, Yusuf Taiye Afeez, Jimoh Idris Okikiola, Adeyemo Wariz Adegoke, Ademola Olalekan Saheed, Anif Abayomi Busayo, Oriade Sunday Oluwatobi, Ajadi Opeyemi Damilola.
Others include, Peter Akanji Blessing,Olaoluwa Felix Oguniran, Agbei Shola Peter, Toheeb Adeagbo Tola, Ajayi Akinyinka Umar, Ibrahim Opeyemi Ishola, Samson Shonubi Oluwafemi, Oki Kayode Oluwadunsi, Durosamo Temitope Dickson, Akinremi Ridwan Abiodun, Ahmed Ogunyele and Olawore Ridwan Olalekan.
They were apprehended during an operation at their hideout in Ogbomoso, Oyo State based on intelligence on their alleged criminal activities.
At the point of their arrest, five cars, several mobile phones, laptops and other incriminating documents were recovered from them.
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The Commission said twenty of the 22 suspects have been indicted by investigation.
It added that they would be charged to court as soon as the investigation was concluded.
Six Parties Ready To Merge, Contest Against APC, PDP – Moghalu
A former presidential candidate in the 2019 general election, Kingsley Moghalu has claimed that at least six political parties have indicated their interest to merge and form a mega party ahead of the 2023 general elections.
Moghalu stated this when he hosted Nze Akachukwu Nwankpo, the candidate of the African Democratic Congress (ADC) for the November 6 governorship poll in Anambra State.
The ex-Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, who recently defected to the ADC, also called on Nigerians to register in order to be eligible to vote in 2023.
DAILY POST quoted him him: “We hope to be a key part of a much larger third force that is building up for the presidential elections which will include a merger of about six or seven or more parties.
“So, I believe that in the 2023 elections the citizens of Nigeria should not allow it to be a contest between two sides of the same coin because there is no difference. It should be a battle between the old and the new – between the old Nigerian and the possibilities for a new Nigeria. That is what 2023 should be,” Moghalu said.
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