Eruemukohwarien refutes media reports over land case
The people of Eruemukowharien in Ughelli North LGA have called on the general public to discountenance and disregard a publication contained in the Urhobo Times newspaper of January 15, 2015 and Urhobo Voice of January 19, 2015 saying that the content of the publication are completely and totally misleading.
A statement signed by Pa George Idogun (Eldest man), Mr. Darosha Emasah (Snr Spokesman) and Comrade Joseph Avwunugharogo (President General) of the community said the publication was not only maliciously made but intended to deliberately mislead the public on the decision of the court over the matter in dispute.
According to the statement, the representatives of Effurun-Otor community had approached the High Court of Justice sitting at Out-Jeremi in a suit No HCG/4/2005 to seek for a declaration that the principle of apportionment as decided on the 25th January, 1947 in suit No. SC/07/1971 Josiah Aghanghan Ors Vs Chief Maduku Waghoreghor & Ors reported in (200) FWLR PT 84 at page 202 – 212 is applicable to the memorandum of understanding dated 29/12/2004 with respect to employment share and contract concerns of the 1st – 4th Defendants; an Order of injunction compelling the 1st to 4th Defendants to apply the principle of apportionment with respect to its employment shares/contract concerns in the said memorandum of understanding dated 29/12/2004 in favour of plaintiffs as decided in Josiah Aghenghen & Ors vs Chief Maduku Waghoreghor & Ors.
An order of injunction restraining the 1st – 4th Defendants from acting contrary to the principle of apportionment with respect to its employment shares/contracts concerns in memorandum of understanding dated 29/12/2004 aforesaid with respect to the plaintiffs.
An order of injunction restraining the 5th Defendant by itself, servants privies, agents, staffers, workmen etc from acting upon/applying/working on the memorandum of understanding dated 24/12/2004 as it relates to the employment shares/contract concerns of the 1st to the 4th Defendant and other any other reliefs.
“It is clear from the reliefs above that Effurun-Otor community did not go to Court in respect of land but were only seeking to be included in a memorandum of understanding having to do with share of employment and contracts.
“Without stating the obvious, the case which touched on the land called AVWREDJA LAND as exemplified by the Supreme court decision in SC 107/1971 and the subsequent interpretation of that judgement by the Court of Appeal were all decided in favour of the Effurun-Otor community.
“Therefore, no land was in dispute in the recent court of Appeal judgment as erroneously stated in the publication under reference. We therefore state in clear terms that the information allegedly passed to Urhobo Times by Olorogun E.Y. Duku and Chief Patrick Dukioye are completely and totally misleading”.
The statement added that the issue of adjustment of boundaries between two local government council in the function of the National Boundary Commission and “we the people of Eruemukohwarien continue to remain people in Ughelli North LGA as Effurun-Otor cannot unilaterally drag the Eruemukohwarien community into Ughelli South.
“We therefore urge the public to discountenance and disregard the false publication contained in the said Urhobo Times newspaper”. The statement said.