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Published On: Thu, Mar 5th, 2020

Uneasy calm in Lokoja over land tussle

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From Ahmad Ibrahim, Lokoja

There seems to be uneasy calm in Lokoja, the Kogi State capital, following a lingering land dispute among traditional leaders in Oworo kingdom,thereby threatening the seat of the paramount ruler of the area, Mallam Mohammed Baiyerohi.
To avoid escalation of the crisis, some prominent leaders of the kingdom have petitioned the state House of Assembly, to take urgent steps to nip the problem in the bud, so as to ensure continuous peaceful coexistence among the people of the kingdom.
However, the paramount ruler and Olu of Oworo kingdom, Mallam Mohammed Baiyerohi has accused the member representing Lokoja II constituency in the state assembly, Hon. Idris Ndako, of behind the moves to remove him from office.
The royal father said his actions are geared towards retrieving lands belonging to the kingdom, which were illegally sold to some people, insisting that the rights of the future generations have to be secured.
But the member representing Lokoja ll constituency, Hon.Idris Ndako has absolved himself of any complicity over the petition forwarded to the House of Assembly to remove Olu Oworo.
Idako, while addressing newsmen in Lokoja yesterday, said he would never be a party to such obnoxious move, but rather support what is right for his people who had voted for him twice to represent them at the State House of Assembly.
He pointed out that as representative of his people, he was mandated by the the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to articulate, present bills and motions that would bring socio-economic development to his constituency, as well as bring before the House, complaints and problems that may be inimical to their well-being.
He stressed that the House of Assembly is at liberty to take appropriate measures to deal with the matter at hand and their recommendation would get final approval of the state government, saying that it is not for him to determine the outcome of the petition sent to the house by Iwo Masi ruling houses.
He also alleged that the royal father was partisan ,noting that Mallam Mohammed Adoga Baiyerohi used his exalted position as traditional ruler to work against all progressive policies of the government in the state
He stressed that the royal father, rather than work for the overall progress of his people,l was allegedly distorting facts on the history of the kingdom, thereby threatening the peaceful coexistence in the area.
The lawmaker further alleged that the current occupier of Olu Oworo has initiated crises in various Oworo communities for his selfish interest, which has brought disunity and lack of development to the district, maintaining that concerted efforts must be made to restore sanity, unity and peaceful coexistence among the people of the kingdom.

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