Tension In Bayelsa Communities Over Land Dispute

There was palpable tension over the weekend between indigenes of the
Odioma Community in Brass local government council and Obioku
community in Nembe local council area of Bayelsa sate over ownership
tussle on some settlements in the boundary area between the
communities.

The lingering crisis between the two warring communities which would
have become bloody was quickly averted by the two local government
chairmen, Hon. Bello Bina (Brass) and Chief Kuroghofa Walter Benwari
(Nembe).

Leadership Sunday gathered that the intervention of the two council
chairmen was to avert the bloodshed and killings which occurred in
2005 in which more than eight persons were killed.

Leadership gathered yesterday that the latest crisis was caused by the
ongoing census enumeration and demarcation exercise in Nembe. It was
gathered that some indigenes of the Odioma community reportedly
resisted the effort by the officials of the National Population
Commission (NPC) to conduct the exercise in disputed areas.

But the local government council chairmen, Hon. Bello Bina (Brass) and
Chief Kuroghofa Walter Benwari (Nembe), in a statement yesterday
confirming the development, stated that a joint committee will soon be
set up to investigate and proffer solutions to the dispute.

According to the statement, “following ownership tussle over some
settlements in the boundary areas of Obioku and Odioama communities
arising from the ongoing census enumeration areas demarcation
exercise, the Brass and Nembe local government councils have decided
to set up a special joint committee to intervene and investigate the
lingering land dispute between indigenes of Odioma community in Brass
and those of Obioku community of Nembe-Bassambiri in Nembe local
government area”. ELANZANEWS.M

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