By Osaigbovomwan Iguobaro
The Committee in charge of Aduwawa Livestock market in Aduwawa Community, Ikpoba-Okha Local Government Area has began to take a Census data of over 10, 000 of its members in the locality.
The statistics emerged after some ‘evil merchants’ lost the bid to subvert the constituted authority in the area which the Priest (Ohen Oba’ro) of Aduwawa Community, Nosakhare Odomore who superintend over on behalf of His Royal Majesty, Imo N’ Oba N’ Edo Uku Akpolokpolo, Oba Ewuare II.
The leader of Aduwawa Livestock Central mosque, Alhaji Ibrahim Abdullahi who disclosed this at the inauguration of the market by the Priest (Ohen Oba’ro) of Aduwawa Community, Nosakhare Odomore on Saturday in the locality, explained that the validation of membership, has helped to streamline their operations and tackling emerging security challenges in Nigeria.
Abdullahi also promised to maintain harmonious working relationship among the people, adding that dialogue remains the best method of settling disputes.
“We are working out plans to fish out the bad elements. We procured identity cards for our traders, kits and kin’s. We have three types of identity cards.
“There is a particular type for traders who bring goods from outside Edo State, which is different from the I. D cards that had been issued to our traders who are based here.
“I will try my best in promoting peace and unity. I know the benefits of living together in harmony, which is quiet a difficult task.
“If you do not apply wisdom, there could be problem. We are ready for dialogue with the various interest interest groups”, Abdullahi assured.
Addressing journalists, the traditional and spiritual Head of Aduwawa, Odomore, fingered some officials of Ikpoba-Okha Local Government Area of fanning the embers of war to undermine his efforts at maintaining peace.
He also accused the Local Government for prioritizing revenue collection from the market above public safety.
According to him, “The Local Government is playing one sided romance with us in this Village. They are the cause of this problem. They shared this market—Aduwawa Livestock market into two parts. Why? They are not the owner of the market.
“I am the owner of the land. But, I gave it to the Community. That is why I have abolish revenue collection.
“If the Local Government wants to collect revenue at the market, they should maintain the place.
“The Government is after the revenue at the market. The government is yet not deem it fit to find out from me what the issues are”, he said.
Speaking further, the Octogenarian, described attempt by one Mr. Agbontaen to set up his palace within the premises of the Mosque as a criminal act.
The Chief Imam of Livestock Central Mosque in Aduwawa Community, Mr. Rabiu Abubakar who spoke through an interpreter, Mr. Mohammed Lawal Ibrahim, described attempt to by certain individuals to stage a Coup against the mosque as highly provocative and unacceptable.
In the meantime, Odomore appointed Alhaji Ibrahim Abduallahi as the leader of Aduwawa Livestock market while Mr. Buhari Mohammed is to serve as a liaison officer between the Priest and the Livestock traders in the area.
Mr. Ogbemudia Omoruyi also emerged as the market Master while Mr. Odion Johnbull and Mr. John Amadin were named market supervisors and Assistant market supervisor of the market respectively.
However, Mr. Esele David has requested for the sum of N10 million from leaders of Aduwawa Livestock market as damages for alleged obstruction of construction work from the said land where the mosque was built, before his patients fades away.
The request is contained in a letter from S. C. Ogoke Chambers, signed by S. C Ogoke dated January 4, 2021 and addressed to one Abdullahi.