In a hour judgment delivered by Justice E. J. Omukoro, the judge averred that the community election which was conducted on the 26th of June, 2014 was valid and the due were duly elected and were generally accepted by the community but were stalled by Hon. Prosper Nwaguzo who never wanted to relinquish office for the new exco to do their work.
Speaking on whether the court has the jurisdiction to handle such matters, the judge cited section of the constitution which empowers the court to jurisdict on disputes within the community
The court also ordered Hon. Prosper to handover all the documents to new exco and should further stop parading himself as the president of the Osekwenike Community since the new exco has the backings of the chiefs, elders and youths of the community.
The court further grant a general damage of three hundred and fifty thousand (N35,000.00) naria only to complainants for the stress, rigour and expenses they incurred in the course of the trial since 2017 and a fifty thousand (N50,000.00) naira only to the court to be paid by the defendant.
The court also ordered Agip Oil Company and others to stop dealing with Hon. Prosper Nwaguzo but to transact every dealings with the newly constituted executives.
Speaking after the judgment, counsel to the complainant, Barr. Israel Onochoja thanked God for the ruling and praised the judge for his wisdom. He said God has compensated his clients for the stress and trauma they were made to face in the course of the matter.
In their speeches, the president and the secretary, Mr. Okorie Anthony and Otuvie Davidson thanked God for favouring them and the elders, chiefs and youths and women of Osekwenike Community for standing by them throughout the period of the case since 2017 adding that justice delayed is not justice denied and advised the people to build confidence in the judiciary.
It will be recalled that a former Bayelsa State Assembly member Hon. Propser Nwaguzo, four others and Nigeria Agip Oil Company Ltd, were dragged to the Sagbama High Court sitting in Yenagoa by the youths of Osekwenike Community in Sagbama Local Government Area over diversion of money paid by Agip Oil Company to the community.
According to Mr. Okorie Anthony the elected president and Mr. Otuvie Davidson secretary of Osekwenike Community respectively, who spoke to journalists in Yenagoa the former lawmaker and his cohorts has allegedly diverted funds accruing to the community.
According to them, Hon Nwaguzo who was the President General of the community also contravened the conventional three-year in office stipulated for the community executives and refused to convened and conduct a formal election to elect new exco to run the affairs of the community.
They further hinted that the failure of the former lawmaker to conduct a peaceful election to usher in a new leadership resulted to the community conducting an election to bring in new executives a situation where the Honourable refused to hand over to the newly elected executives rather, Hon. Nwaguzo invited the police to arrest some chiefs and elders of the community.
The duo further explained that the elders parted ways with Hon. Prosper when they bailed themselves with the sum of Four Hundred Thousand from the police custody.