By Ikhili Ebalu, Benin City
As battle for the rightful ownership of an oil rich Ologbo community in Ikpoba-Okha local government area, between the Ijaws and Benins in Edo state intensifies, as various Benin social- Cultural groups including the Benin Solidarity movement (BSM) says the actions of the Ijaws over claims of ownership of Ologbo dukedom, is an act of ungratefulness and insulting.
The group described the Ijaws as ungrateful settlers who have usurped the freedom granted them by the Benins.
The Socio-social cultural group, the Benin Solidarity Movement, ( BSM), in a reaction by it’s President General, Elder Curtis Ugbo, said the purported briefing by the Ijaws and Itsekiri that the Ologbo kingdom belongs to them was Mr Johnson Atseleghe campaign to cover up his atrocities.
Ugbo , said, “Johnson Atseleghe campaign to cover up his atrocities is an insult to the palace of the Benin monarch and poisonous to the entire Benin kingdom .
Elder Curtis Ugbo, while detailing a brief history of the Ijaws and Itsekiri living at Ologbo, posited that, “one Mr Johnson Atseleghe is only leading the Ijaws Itsekiri to eternal ruin by pointing accusing fingers to the palace of the Omo N’Oba for imposing a king on Ologbo dukedom.
Elder Ugbo hinted that apart from the Ijaws, Itskekiri, Urhobos, Igbos and other ethnic groups are also settlers in Ologbo dukedom, insisting that Mr Johnson Atseleghe, is biting more than he can chew by claiming the ownership right of Ologbo dukedom.
“Johnson Atseleghe is from Delta state and he relocated to Ologbo in 1976 to settle, how can he be questioning the authority of the Oba of Benin,it is fully a taboo and should not be mentioned anywhere.”
He therefore called on the Benins to toe the line of peace for the sake of harmonious co- existence in the area.
According to him, “those who protested are disgruntled elements who were hired to do so by Johnson Atseleghe.” He concluded.