The State House of Assembly has adjourned indefinitely a public hearing on a bill to amend the Delta State Traditional Rulers Council and Chiefs law of the state.

Tthe indefinite adjournment followed a court injunction stopping further deliberation on the matter pending the determination of a motion on notice on the subject matter.

The House Committee on Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs had commenced public hearing on the amendment bill before one of the participants rose to inform the members that there was a court injunction restraining the house from further deliberation on the bill.

A copy of the injunction was handed over to the Committee Chairman, Honourable Felix Anira, who later directed that the public hearing be suspended and adjourned indefinitely.

Honourable Anira explained that the Delta State House of Assembly being a law abiding institution would always obey court orders.

He, however,  sued for peace among those for or against the conferring of the status of clanship on Beneku, in Ndokwa east local government area which the amendment bill was seeking to provide for.


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 was 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, in 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, Honourable Sherrif Oborevwori, who addressed the people urged them to remain peaceful and allow for due process.

The bill, which had passed second reading on the floor of the House, makes provision for Beneku community as a clan and for the establishment of a throne for a king to be known as the Idem of Beneku Kingdom. 

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