Ogoni Land Dispute: Family Splits As Disable Man Vows To Sacrifice Self

Ogoni Land Dispute: Family Splits As Disable Man Vows To Sacrifice Self

Paul Obiajunwo, Port Harcourt

Physically challenged man, Prince Needam Jacob Deeyor  of Kwawa Community,  Khana  Local government of Rivers State has vowed that the only option to leave the land his late father left for him is for his rival family members to buy his size of casket and bury him on the land. 

The disputed land is being use as the one of the demonstrated centers of Hydrocarbon Pollution Remediation Programme (HYPREP) and Shell is also paying compensation on the land.

Deeyor who is married with two wives  said as a man living with disability he cannot physically fight his rival but he wants the world to know that he is determine to protect his land and ready to sacrifice his life.

He alleged that one Victor Nwikpo, his brother and  a contractor with Shell has been claiming ownership of the land for years and collecting the benefit meant for the land.

He said victor is parading with a court judgment on the land without knowing that the judgment was on a family land and not on his personal land which his late father left for him.

“Deeyor said: “My father told me that he is the owner of the land right from 1980. And I saw some documents backing what my father told me. But Victor is doing everything possible to deny me of my legitimate right.  I have told him to buy my size of casket and bury me on the land.

“I want Shell to know that Mr. Victor has been parading with court judgment won against Bale family and not on my farm land. Many of our chiefs have been supporting Mr. Victor because he has money but I don’t care, because God is with me.

“As I’m talking to you now my life and that of my family is in danger. They are after my life, so that they can take over the land. Sometimes   I don’t sleep in the house I sleep in the bush. As a man living with disability I cannot fight victor I want the world to hear my cry.

Responding,   Victor Nwikpo said as a child of God he is ready for peace if the family of Deeyor can realized that they are one family and that the land does not belong to them.

He said his father and Prince Needam’s father is of the same parent, adding that as a man who God has blessed he had offered scholarship to many people including the children of the sister to Prince Needam.

Victor said: “ I don’t want to speak on the court judgment concerning the court. If they feel aggrieve, then they should   approach the court for more detail about the land. We defeated them sometime in 1984 and they went for appeal 1991 and we also defeated them.

“Some people are encouraging him to fight us, we have the court judgments on the land and if he feels the land belongs to him he should go to court. But I am not quarrelling with him and the land is not on dispute, it belongs to my family.”