Members of Odede family, Irri in Isoko South local government area of Delta state have given 30 days ultimatum to the Nigeria Agip Oil Company Limited, NAOC, to execute the Memorandum of Understanding, MOU, between them and NAOC for the use of their family land since 2001.
In a letter dated 22nd October, 2018, signed by Simon Ngbakor, Esq, on behalf of the Odede family and addressed to NAOC, the family threatened to approach the court for redress if NAOC fails to comply with their demands.
The family also demanded the payment of N510, 000,000.00 for the use of the land being the total sum of the N30,000,000.00 annually since 2002.
The family, in the letter, lamented the gift of one goat and a bag of rice from NAOC, Port-Harcourt branch yearly to the family and the community crisis in Irri which NAOC has been using as excuse not to fulfill its own part of the bargain.
It said the land, which their progenitor left for them, form part of Odede family land and have been farming on it being their major occupation in the family, stating that sometimes in 2001, the family was approached by NAOC to use the land for flow station.
‘’Thereafter verbal agreement was reached with our clients and your company wherein it was agreed that the sum of N10,000,000 will be given to our clients annually for the use of the land.
‘’We were informed by our clients that one of the verbal terms of the agreement in respect of employment of members of our clients’ family and that of contracts were not also met by your company.
“All the attempts made to see that your company to reduce the verbal agreement into writing and the need to comply with the terms proved abortive as our clients were always driven back by the security attachment in your company’’
‘’We further demand and rightly too that the MOU between our clients family and NAOC, Port-Harcourt branch be reduced into writing in respect of the land, the subject matter of this letter’’
While it said that the demand letter serves as pre action notice, it warned that any transaction in respect of the land without the consent of Moroko Odede and Matthew Edeki, the Head of the family and Principal member of the family respectively, is no no effect.