It’s confrontational for Benin leaders to demand arrest of Ijaw monarchs —IPDI


By Emma Amaize

WARRI—THE Ijaw Peoples Development Initiative, IPDI, a rights group in Warri, Delta State, yesterday, described as offensive the recent call by some Benin leaders in Edo State for the arrest and prosecution of Ijaw monarchs, especially the most revered paramount ruler of Gbaramatu Kingdom and the enviable Olodiama king, the Agadagba, Alagbabunafa lll, over the coronation of the latter.

IPDI, in a statement by its national president, Austin Ozobo, warned: “No such threat of arrest will deter the Ijaw of Edo State from exercising their rights of ownership of such lands bequeathed to them by their ancestors.

“No Ijaw kingdom will fold its arms over any attempt to arrest their monarch. Such call is a threat to the existing peace in the Niger Delta region.

“The coronation of Olodiama monarch was not botched as claimed by people in Benin. We wish to state…

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