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- On May 24, 2020
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The people of Iwevbo community in Orhionwon local government area of Edo State have said that the community is one and not two different communities as claimed in some quarters, adding that, the community has no land boundary dispute with any one or that is made up of Urhobo indigenes from Eku.
They said, although the community is situated in Edo State, but it is an Urhobo community just as the Urhobos have communities in Bayelsa and Ondo states.
In a statement by the community’s lawyer, Akinfolarin Success, the recent publication in some media titled “Delta/Edo land dispute: Ovre-Eku objects granting of license to oil firm”, was done by a self styled community leader in the area to cause fear and disaffection amongst the peace-loving people of IwveboCommunity and to distract Newcross Petroleum Ltd from embarking on its lawful operations of Efe oil field location in the community.
Also reacting, the most senior man in the community, Pa UvoEyimofe, said that, the publication is replete with lies and falsehood of boundary disputes, with a failed effort to re-name our Iwvebo community as Ovre-Eku community. The records are immutably in print that the community is and has always been known as Iwevbo community and it is in Edo State and at no time was it called Ovre-Eku, as stated in the said publication under reference.”
According to the most senior man, “Those causing disaffection in the community are the ones who are being misled by Chief Joseph Ukueku.”
The most senior man (Odionwere) called on the oil firms in the area, Newcross Petroleum Ltd, NAPIMS, DPR and the public, to “disregard the said publication and all other moves to cause mayhem in the area, as they are only a divisive methods meant to distract their smooth operations in our Iwevbo community and its environs.”
He added that, “The company has, over the years, been operating with Iwevbo Community in Orhionwon local government area of Edo State, and not one self-acclaimed President General of one Ovre Eku which we do not know. We have no boundary dispute in our community.”