Tongeji Island: Committee allays fear of external threat

From James Ogunnaike, Abeokuta.

The Committee set up by the Ogun State Government to look into security threat on oil-rich Tongeji Island, in Ipokia local government area of the state, has submitted its report, allaying fears over possible external aggression on the Island.

Presenting the report to the state governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun in his office in Abeokuta during the visit of the State’s Elders Consultative Forum, led by former Judge of the International Court of Justice, Prince Bola Ajibola, Chairman of the Committee on Tongeji Island, Prof. Anthony Asiwaju revealed that the crisis in the area was as a result of internal disagreement.

According to him, the security challenge threatening the peace of the Island is not being orchestrated by neighbouring Republic of Benin, which is known to have a cordial relationship with Nigeria, but rather, created by internal traditional chieftaincy tussle.

Asiwaju noted that unlike Bakassi Peninsula, the internal problems bedeviling Tongeji Island were as a result of series of petitions and litigation, calling on both Federal and Ogun State governments to, among other recommendations, have a long term strategic plan for the island and look into the chieftaincy issues to forestall any form of crisis.

“Security threat posed by Tongeji Island was not from Benin Republic, which makes it different from Bakassi Peninsula that worries all of us. The problem there was internal, which has to do with traditional chieftaincy tussle.

“We recommended among others, that the Federal and Ogun State Governments should come up with a long term strategic plan for the oil-rich Island in order to maximize its natural endowments,” he said.

Responding, Amosun assured that the state government would religiously do its beat of the recommendations and forward those meant for the federal government to appropriate quarters.


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