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Ijaw lawyers move for peaceful resolution of Niger Delta’s developmental challenges

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Ijaw legal practitioners, under the aegis of Nembe-Se Lawyers Forum, has stated that the time had come for the Niger Delta indigenes to address the issues of marginalisation, environmental degradation, economic neglect and non-participation at the centre through legal means.

The group expressed its readiness to educate stakeholders in the region on fighting for their rights peacefully instead of resorting to the destruction of oil installations or violence.

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Speaking in Port Harcourt ahead of its professional development and networking session held on May 3, with the theme ‘Law Practice Building In Contemporary Times’, the chief host, David Serena-Dokubo Spiff, remarked: “The era of blowing up pipelines to address our grievances should be over. We must rise and tell our people that enough is enough. No more violence in the fight for our rights.”

He continued: “If you examine the events around us, especially in the Niger Delta area, there is dysfunctionality of the society. People have varying reasons to that, but one thing stands out, they are all issues that have to do with law and order.”

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Spiff maintained that in any society with a well-established law and order regime, development thrives easily.

According to him, “the exploration of the region needs a complex natural and industrial transaction with the full strength and function of the lawyers. Nembe-Se has a plethora of lawyers all over the place.”

The attorney went on: “But there is a deficiency in the capacity of lawyers these days. Law practice in many areas does not go beyond the proverbial charge and bail, but my forum is determined to build the capacity of Ijaw lawyers, train them on how to add value to the communities, and become a machinery of justice where law and order would not fail.”

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