A Benin City-based businessman and farmer, Ebose Ezeigbebe has called on the Oba of Benin and the police to intervene in a dispute over his 2,000 plots of farmland between himself and the Obenevburibo community in Ikpoba-Okha local government that has resulted to
threats to his life. He said the threat was because he insisted that he would not cede 50 plots of the land to the community as being demanded.
Ezeigbebe through his lawyer Valentine Onochie & Co said the land which he purchased from the community in 1999, became a controversial one when the community alleged that he had gone beyond the 2000 plots sold to him adding that premised on this allegation, he and the community agreed to commission a surveyor to resurvey the land.
He said: “My problem with the community began in 2018 when they approached me and asked that I give them 50 plots of land from what I bought from them, stating that what I had in my possession was in excess of what they granted me.
“This was coming after 18 years of cultivating and milling oil palm; this was a surprise to me and I refused. They however insisted that I must hire a surveyor to re-survey the land.
“Not minding that the onus is on the community to hire a surveyor, I did in the interest of peace. It turned out that there were extra fractions amounting to three and half plots which I rounded up to four plots and gave the community in the interest of peace,” he said.
Ezeigbebe said he has been forced to shut down operations at the facility in order to avoid any unfortunate occurrence.
In their reaction, the community denied threatening the farmer, but agreed that an excess of three and half plots of land was discovered when the land was re-surveyed in 2018.
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