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Land tussle in Oke-oroma community in Ikpoba Okha Local Government Area of Edo State, has led elders and people of that community to drag the state government to the Community Court of Justice of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).

According to a report, the action was necessitated based on the alleged taking over of the ancestral lands of the community by the state government.

“In a petition with suit No: ECW/CCJ/APP/10/23, notice is hereby given to an application between Gaius Idusuyi Emokpae and 7 others against Federal Republic of Nigeria has been lodged by the applicant and registered on the 28th day of February 2023″.

The application also read” You are required to lodge a defence within (30) days after service of this application on you and take note that in default of doing so, the applicant may proceed herein and judgment may be given in absence”.

Recall that the state High Court seating in Benin on Friday, 17th of February, 2023 adjourned the case between the Edo State government and the elders and people of Oke-Oroma community in Ikpoba Okha Local Government Area of Edo State to Wednesday 5th of April 2023.

Delivering her ruling before moving for an adjournment, Hon justice V.O Eborimeh, said she is granting an order joining the 14 parties seeking to be joined as the 5th to 18th defendant as necessary parties in the sanctions while she also gave an order directing the claimant and all the parties to amend all their processes in the suit to reflect her ruling.

The people of Oke-Oroma community is currently challenging Edo State government in court, over alleged forceful taking over of their ancestral land since last year, and are represented in court by Barr Obamogie, and while they await judgment from the state High Court, they decided to also seek redress at the ECOWAS Court.

By Uzoamaka Ikezue (Staff Reporter)

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