Chieftaincy tussle: Kogi govt bans procession in kotonkarfi

From Emmanuel Adeyemi,

Owing to the chieftaincy crisis that rocked kotonkarfi, the Kogi state government has on Tuesday banned all forms of procession in the ancient town.

It was learnt that there has been simmering crises in the community following the detronment by the Yahaya Bello administration of the former traditional ruler, Chief Isa Koto and the immediate replacement with chief Seidu Akawu .
This , it was learnt has caused serious disagreement between major stakeholders in the community as some loyalists of the dethroned king has vowed not to have anything to do with Akawu which may have prompted the planned procession.

But the state government in a statement signed by the commissioner of information, Kingsley Fanwo, said “acting on security reports in order to maintain the peace enjoyed in Kotonkarfe and its environs in Kogi Local Government Area of the State, the Kogi State Government hereby announces a ban on all forms of procession in Kotonkarfe and neighboring communities”

The statement reads in part:
“The proactive ban is aimed at curbing plans by some elements in the area to disturb the peace of the ancient town.

“His Excellency Alh. Ahmed Usman Ododo reiterates his administration’s commitment to peaceful co-existence among all Kotonkarfe people and will always leave his doors open to listen to complaints and grievances rather than resort to violence.

” We urge all concerned to strictly abide by the ban as violators will be treated as enemies of peace and the State. The decision of the State Government is aimed at protecting the rights of the Kotonkarfe people, and indeed all Kogites, to peace and security.

“We urge law enforcement agents to enforce the ban in accordance with the laws of the land. Kotonkarfe people should also be committed to peace and harmony as the Government is prepared to protect them from violence”.


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