The people of Diebiri-Batan community in Warri South-West Local Government Area, Delta State, have appealed to governments at all levels as well as security agencies to assist them return to their ancestral land without any molestation from their neighbours.
In a statement by the Chairman of Diebiri-Batan community, Mr Don Dickson, the people lamented that they have been living in exile for close to 21 years.
“We want to use the opportunity of government intervention in the peace-building between Ogbe-Ijoh and Aladja communities, in Warri South-West and Udu Local Government Areas respectively, to return to our ancestral land.
“We are peace-loving and had never been in dispute with Aladja community. Aladja people are already annexing our land by erecting structures and excavating sand in Diebiri community.”
They said that such acts of illegal encroachment could provoke communal conflict and therefore, appealed to government at all levels, security agencies and other relevant authorities to wade into the issue to avert further crisis in the area.
“Diebiri-Batan, an Ijaw community, is an oil-producing community in Delta State which produces about 30,000 barrels of crude oil per day,” the statement added.