Nigeria: Edo Community Drags Delta Chief to Court Over Land Grabbing

Benin — Edo State High Court in Benin has adjourned the case filed by the Ologbo community against the Iyatsere of Warri Kingdom, Chief Johnson Aseleghe, to September 25, for hearing.

The community had filed a suit against the Iyatsere of Warri Kingdom, seeking to restrain him from continuously parading himself as the traditional ruler of Ologbo dukedom and also from selling lands belonging to the community.

They also seek to restrain the defendant and his agent from carrying out actions that are capable of compromising the peace in Ologbo.

The claimant, the Enogie of Ologbo dukedom, Prince Owen Jason Akenzua, filed the motion through his lawyer Chris Uyi Otasowie seeking an interlocutory injunction restraining Johnson Aseleghe pending the determination of the suit.

Otasowie said they wanted the court to issue an interlocutory injunction restraining the defendant, so that the community could start experiencing peace.

"It is in the Gazette that all these villages within Ologbo are under the control of the dukedom in Benin Kingdom and not someone coming from Warri Kingdom in Delta State to start laying claim all because he can access some of these villages through Delta," he said.

However, Chief Johnson Aseleghe was not represented in court.

Justice D.I Okungbowa in his ruling adjourned the case to September 25th, 2020, for hearing.

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