By Gabriel Enogholase
BENIN— Following the face-off between the Benins and the Ijaws of Edo State over land ownership, the Benins have again vowed that they will employ every lawful means to ensure that no inch of their land was forcefully taken away from them by the Ijaws.
They made the disclosure yesterday, at a meeting in Benin City attended by Benin traditional rulers, priests, chiefs, elders and political leaders including serving legislators in the state and National Assemblies.
The Benins and Ijaws in parts of Edo State have been entangled in land disputes which if not properly handled could lead to a major security and tribal crisis in the state.
At the meeting, the Benins insisted that the disputed land situated in five communities in Edo South senatorial district belongs to them, saying that the Ijaws, who they claimed are settlers, do not have rights to the land where they are currently dwelling.
They called on the Benins at home and in the Diaspora to unite and ensure that the Ijaws do not take an inch of Benin land.
Convener of the meeting and the traditional ruler of Obazuwa, HRH Prince Edun Akenzua, told the gathering that the meeting became necessary to enable them articulate ideas on how best to tackle the threat from the Ijaws, who are bent on taking over Benin land by force.