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Ogbe-Ijoh, Agbassa Youth Clash Over Market Revenue Collection Uncalled For, Group Says

Posted: Oct 10, 2016 at 11:17 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Emma Arubi

Warri – The Itsekiri National Youth Council (INYC), says the recent violent clash between some Ijaw and Urhobo youths in Warri South Council Area of Delta State over who has the legitimate right to collect revenue from traders in the uncompleted Sand Market is uncalled

A statement by a faction of the INYC led by Comrade Agbateyiniro Weyimi, National President and Comrade Joseph Uwawah, National Public Relations Officer, the group said both parties have no legal claim to the market site in question.

The group commended the security agencies for their timely intervention in forestalling the breakdown of law and order, including the prevention of theft of properties belonging to various individuals in the Ogbe-Ijoh market area.

The statement however added that while INYC appreciates that every Nigerians irrespective of ethnic nationality is free to reside in any part of the country, “such residency should not be to the extent of infringing on the laws and customs of the original owners of the area or land”, saying categorically that “the land in question belongs to the Itsekiri people under the overlordship of the Olu of Warri”.

The INYC therefore has directed all relevant organs of the body to investigate the illegal collections of revenues in the Ogbe-Ijoh market area and liaise with the relevant government agencies to forestall a re-occurrence of the illegality, saying that “it is the primary responsibility of Warri South Local Government Council to collect such revenue”.

The Itsekiri group further advised the relevant security agencies in the area to note that “any meeting convened without recourse to the invitation of the Itsekiri authorities who are the original owners of the land in question is an invitation to further anarchy”.

It would be recalled that some Ijaw youths of Ogbe-Ijoh in Warri South-West council area and Urhobo youths of Agbassa extraction in Warri South last clashed over revenue collection in the market until the security agencies intervened and restored normalcy under