Land Dispute Tears Communities Apart In Edo


There was protest in Iguomon community, a sub-urban town in Uhumwonde Local Government Area of Edo state over the rightful ownership of a parcel of land along the Benin bye-pass.

The protest was as a result of unresolved lingering crisis between Iguomon and their neighbouring community (Ikhuonbo).

leader of the group from Iguomon community, Comrade Emmanuel Agbogun, expressed dissatisfaction over the continuous disregard for a judgement delivered by the Supreme Court on the 3rd of February, 2006, relating to land and boundary dispute between the two communities.

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He said, “Since the judgement, the people of Ikhuonbo has carried out activities that displayed outright disobedience to the Supreme Court judgement.

“A warrant of possession was issued to Iguomon community by the State Ministry of Justice in 2016 and since then, the people of Ikhuonbo have created all forms of resistance to the Iguomon people in possessing their lawful possession.

“We are therefore demanding as follows, that should the government fail to call Ikhuonbo people to order, we shall result to self-help and it may result to native war between the two communities if within fourteen days this issue is not properly address.”

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Iguomon people called on the state government to urgently wade in with a view to settling the crisis and ordering Ikhuonbo community to respect the judgement of the Supreme Court concerning the said parcel of lands.

Reacting to the allegation, Mr Peter Ezelekhae denied the allegation.

He said the issue had been settled for long by all concerned authorities including the palace of the revered Oba of Benin kingdom, state house of assembly who said the new bye-pass should be mentioned as boundary between the two communities.

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