Edo state belongs to Ijaw people, Binis are strangers from Egypt – Group

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– Some indigenes of Ijaw have said that Binis are strangers from Egypt after their short stay in Sudan and Ile-Ife to occupy Edo state

– The group said Binis are strangers from Egypt after their short stay in Sudan and Ile-Ife to occupy Edo state

– The also challenged the Edo Forum of Patroits and the Bini Solidarity Movement to prove their argument that Bini owns Gelegele, an Ijaw community, with historical facts

Some indigenes of Ijaw have said that Binis are strangers from Egypt after their short stay in Sudan and Ile-Ife to occupy Edo state.

These indigenes under the aegis of Ijaw Peoples Development Initiative (IPDI) said that the Ijaw people settled in the present-day Edo state even before the Binis.

According to the group, they said Edo state formerly belonged to the Ijaws before now.

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The national president of the group Austin Ozobo in a statement challenged the Edo Forum of Patroits and the Bini Solidarity Movement to prove their argument that Bini owns Gelegele, an Ijaw community, with historical facts.

Edo state belongs to Ijaw people, Binis are strangers from Egypt – Group

It is imperative to state that Bini is laying false claim to Gelegelegbene community.

Ozobo said the claims made by the two group are wrong and capable of misleading the general public.

He said: “Our attention has been drawn to statements credited to Edo Forum of Patriots and Bini Solidarity Movement, where they alleged that Gelegele, an Ijaw community, belonged to the Bini, citing some distorted and contorted black market court judgments. It is imperative to state that Bini is laying false claim to Gelegelegbene community.

“The community is owned by Ijaw of Gelegele. They are neither Benin visitors nor strangers. History has it that Ijaw first landed in Benin before the arrival of Edo- speaking people from Egypt after a short stay in Sudan and Ile-Ife.The aborigines of that land before the arrival of the Bini are the Ijaw of Olodiama, Egbema, Gbaraun, Okomu, and Furupagha clans in the present-day Ovia North, South-West and Ikpoba-Okha Local Government Areas.”

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He added that a renowned Benin traditional historian late Jacob Egharevba in his book said Bini came all the way from Egypt to found a more secure shelter in Edo.

Ozobo added: “This implies that the Ijaw are the original natives of the current Edo State and not the Bini, who are non-natives of Edo state. Ijaw have their kingdoms which are different from Bini Kingdom. No Benin settlement is found among these aforementioned places. Ijaw are older than the Bini in current Edo State, but are being oppressed by the Bini for a very long time.

“Perhaps, another historian, who bore witness to the invasion of Ijawland by the Yoruba new visitors is E. Alademomi Kenyo, who in his book titled The Origin and Title of Yoruba Rulers (N.D) Page 3, stated: ‘Up till time, the Oba (in Benin) and his people were pure Yoruba and did not understand the language of the aborigines, who usually salute themselves and the new people (the Bini) Adoo, Dolo.”

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