DTHA PUBLIC BILL
The House Committee on Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs had commenced public hearing on the amendment bill before one of the participants raised point of information and informed members that there was Court injunction restraining the house for further deliberation on the bill.
A copy of it was handed over to the Committee Chairman, Hon Felix Anira, who later directed that the public hearing be suspended and adjourned indefinitely in respect to the court order. Hon Anira explained that the Delta State House of Assembly being a Law making and law abiding institution, cannot do otherwise but to respect the detects of the law.
He however sued for peace among those for or against the conferring the status of clanship on Beneku, in Ndokwa East local government area of which the amendment bill seeks to provide.
A copy of the order handed over to newsmen indicated that a State High Court sitting in Ozoro, has granted an order restraining the State Government from conferring the status of clan-ship on Beneku, pending the determination of the motion on notice. The claimants in the Enrollment of Order, argued that Beneku is part of Umusadege-Ogbe community, Utagba-Ogbe kingdom in Ndokwa West Local Government Area of the state.
They also sought an order restraining the Delta State House of Assembly from debating or processing the Executive Bill sent to it by the State Governor seeking to confer clanship status and installing a king at Beneku. The Umusadege-Ogbe Community, Ndokwa East Local Government Area had also staged a peaceful protest to the state House of Assembly against the Delta State Traditional Rulers Council and Chiefs law amendment bill currently before the House. The Speaker, Rt Hon Sherrif Oborevwori who addressed the people urged them to remain peaceful and allow allowed for due process. The Bill which had passed second reading on the floor of the House makes provision to include Beneku Community as a clan and to establish a throne for a king which would be known as the Idem of Beneku Kingdom.