Breaking: Ijaw Nation Blow Hot, Direct Gelegelegbini Community To Deals With Any Passenger That Trespass Their Land, Says Binis Are Edo Ijaw Tenants

Ijaw Nation attention has been drawn to the unguided, inciting and rogue statement made by the secretary of Benin traditional council ,one Frank Irabor on vanguard newspaper dated 2nd March, 2019 citing one purported and irrelevant supreme court judgment to have given the Benin a right of ownership over Ijaw community lands in the state.

The purported judgment only referred to unidentify parcel of farm land in an unknown location in one Unexisted imaginary gelegele. Our community is not gelegele but gelegelegbene. The said judgment has nothing to do with Gelelegegbene community and other Ijaw lands in the state.

Ijaws are not tenants in Edo state. We outlive them. It is Benins that are the strangers. They met us at Ovia river. We ferry them. The current Benin city was already existing, founded by the Ijaws before the coming of the Benins from Ife. The city was called Bini, meaning water people. This is historical fact. The judgment referred to 30years ago has nothing to do with Gelegelegbene and other Ijaw lands in the state.

Historically, we cited E. Alademomi Kenyo, who in his book titled The Origin and Title of Yoruba Rulers (N.D) Page 3, stated: ‘Up till time, the Oba (in Benin) and his people were pure Yoruba and did not understand the language of the aborigines, who usually salute themselves and the new people (the Bini) Adoo, Dolo.” It is only the Ijaws that greet Adoo and Dolo in Nigeria which is a indisputable fact.

Again ,J .U. Egharevba, book titled the short history of Benin (1968) also holds this view. Prof. Alan Ryder, a British national and former professor of history at University of Ibadan in his book, ‘Benin and the Europeans 1485-1897,’ Page 27, writes, ‘Whichever of the slave rivers the Portuguese frequented, the people they first met and traded with, would have belonged to Ijo (Ijaw) tribe, which at that time dominated the coastal belt of the swamp forest, extending inland to a depth of 30-40miles in the region. We make bold to say that the Benins are the invaders of Ijaws who are the original aborigines of Edo state .

It is worthy of note that Gelegelegbene, Ikoro, Okumu, Ikenwan were amongst the Ijaw villages that confronted the Yoruba invaders which is now the Benins that is recorded in the book titled ,The Origin and Title of Yoruba Rulers (N.D) Page 6, the author stated: ‘About 1170 AD, Prince Oranmiyan, one of the sons of Oduduwa of Ife, the father and progenitor of the Yoruba Obas………succeeded in reaching the city after much trouble at Ovia River with the ferryman (ibid)” same book page 9, he stated again, “about a century later, another Oba, Ewedo, had to undergo similar troubles to those which his great-grand father, Prince Oranmiyan, had from the ferryman at Ovia River

Enough of this nonsense ,Ijaw nation have alreday directed Ijaws in the state to deal with anybody coming to trespass and steal their land . We have directed them to go into self_defence and the sky will not fall. We are ready for the worst.

Be warned henceforth ,tresspassers will be on their own risk in Gelegelegbene community and other Ijaw lands in Edo state as Ijaw nation has directed a total clampdown of such criminals.


Comrade Ozobo Austin

National president Ijaw People’s Development initiative,IPDI.


CEPEJ Congratulates Governor Sanwo-Olu Of Lagos State For His Successful Swearing-in, Commends Him For Tackling Traffic, Sanitation Matters

A foremost Nigeria based Non Governmental Organization, Center for Peace and Environmental Justice, CEPEJ, has congratulated Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu for his successful swearing-in as Governor of Lagos State, the most populous city and commercial nerve centre of Nigeria, Lagos.

The National Coordinator CEPEJ, Comrade Mulade Sheriff who spoke with journalists in its Lagos office, commended the Governor for his pragmatic strategy of identifying one of Lagos State’s major challenges and quickly signing an executive order to nip the traffic and sanitation menace in the bud by an executive order to address traffic management, potholes on the roads, waste management and drainage system management in the State.

According to him, the Executive Order, which also ensures zero tolerance for environmental abuse such as illegal and indiscriminate dumping of refuse and the construction of structures on drainage points, reveals a strong commitment of the new government to tackle the major challenges bedeviling Lagos State.

He noted that the Center was more concerned about waste management because of the level of indiscriminate waste disposal in that state.

He condemned the bad habit of many people who dump the wastes they generate from their homes indiscriminately on the streets and in open drainage channels. He lamented that wastes now litter virtually everywhere, blocking drainages, thereby causing serious flooding across the State.

Comrade Mulade commended the Governor for directing the Office of Drainage Services in the Ministry of Environment to commence the clearing of drainage channels in Lagos State, adding that the directive would help to check flooding in some areas of the State.

He added that CEPEJ wants a more robust approach in terms of policies that will provide for the regular clearing of all drainages across the State, whether primary, secondary or tertiary drainage systems.

The Executive Order also directed the Lagos State Environmental Sanitation Corps to address the environmental issues by not necessarily arresting the people but by engaging them in very effective dialogues on the need for compliance with environmental laws enacted by the State Legislature.

Governor Sanwo-Olu’s directive will go a long way to encouraging a change in attitude and behavior of the people towards their environment. Comrade Mulade therefore said
CEPEJ would encourage and support effective communication methods towards educating the people on the need to be environment friendly.

The CEPEJ Boss who is also an environmentalist noted that control and compliance alone would not produce a lasting change in behaviour, called for effective and continuous education of the masses.

He lauded the representatives of security agencies for being present at the signing of the Executive Order, solicited their support towards enforcing it. He however cautioned security agencies that will help in ensuring compliance, to exercise restraint while carrying out their official and legitimate assignments.

The Centre for Peace and Environmental Justice, CEPEJ, National Coordinator Comrade Mulade stressed that the NGO was poised to work with The Lagos State Government on all matters relating to the environment and peace in Lagos State, as the organization, is an expert in peace-building, conflict management, sustainable development and environment.