NMU: Rejection of Supreme Court Judgment inconsistent with your demand, INYC Tells Ijaws

Apex Itsekiri youth body inaugurated by the Olu of Warri, Ogiame Ikenwoli, the Itsekiri National Youth Congress, INYC, says the


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NMU: Rejection of Supreme Court Judgment inconsistent with your demand, INYC Tells Ijaws
Comrade Esimaje Awani

Apex Itsekiri youth body inaugurated by the Olu of Warri, Ogiame Ikenwoli, the Itsekiri National Youth Congress, INYC, says the incessant calls by the Ijaws of Gbaramatu for the National Assembly to jettison the Supreme Court decision on the lawful name of the proposed site of Nigerian Maritime University, NMU which the court has since held to be Okerenghigho as opposed to Okerenkoko, is “inconsistent, primitive and antithetical to civilization”.

The INYC in a statement signed by its President Comrade Esimaje Awani and Secretary, Humphrey Touyo asserted, “A people cannot be advocating for a University and at the same time representing themselves to the whole world as a people who have strong intolerance for the Judgment of the highest court of law. It is a shame to have supposedly educated people describe the judgment of a court of competent jurisdiction as inconsequential and should therefore be discountenanced”.

The Itsekiri youth body argued “there is absolutely no basis for the call to jettison the judgement of the Supreme Court in this respect and under any circumstances as there is a civilized procedure for calling for review of court Judgment which according to him does not include threatening to blow up pipelines or resorting to other forms of violence. It is this continuous approach of the Federal Government to the resolution of the Niger-Delta crisis that has created the ghastly degree of temerity for a civilian group of people to openly and bracingly conduct themselves in a manner illustrative of treasonable felony on a routine basis”.  

It would be recalled that following the advice by the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) to the National Assembly to act in accordance with the judgment of the Supreme Court on the issue and retain the name “Okerenghigho” as the lawful name of the site of the proposed Maritime University, the Ijaw people of Gbaramatu called on the National Assembly to jettison the judgment in issue.

While commending the AGF for “his dexterity, skillful devotion to duty, uprightness, and fearlessness as demonstrated in his well-informed legal, opinion on the subject”, INYC expressed disappointment that such a “call could be made at the present time and in this modern age from a people who are supposedly educated and present themselves as desirous of a University”.

They enjoined the National Assembly not to succumb to the blackmail of the Ijaws of Gbaramatu who have threatened that should the said Judgment be enforced, they would resume bombing of pipelines in the Niger-Delta region. 

INYC called on members of the civil society, especially the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) and the International Community not to maintain their ghastly silence on this horrendous threat to civilization, adding, “it is almost becoming a routine for the Ijaws in this region to blackmail the Federal Government into sacrificing the rule of law on the altar of necessity for oil exploration”.

“We recall the issue of the illegal relocation of the headquarters of Warri South-West Local Government Area of Nigeria, the illegal delineation of Wards in Warri South, Warri South-West and Warri North as well as the recent attempt to illegally convert estates in Benin Kingdom by installing an unknown king”, the statement stressed. 

On the call for the Federal Government to set up a fact finding committee, INYC averred, “that is a most ridiculous proposition we have ever heard. The Supreme Court had decided the issue and rested it. Does the Federal Government have appellate jurisdiction over the decision of the Supreme Court”, they queried.  

 

 


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