Kogi: Bello bombs Traditional institutions, deposes Ohimegye Igu, 5 other 1st Class Chiefs.

Kogi State Governor, Alhaji Yahaya Adoza Bello

Kogi: Bello bombs Traditional institutions, deposes Ohimegye Igu, 5 other 1st Class Chiefs.


Kogi state government has announced the deposition of some prominent Traditional rulers and appointed new ones for some vacant stools.

A government statement released on Monday, said “Having followed through Our Traditional and Chieftaincy Laws, Rules and Regulations and all the due processes, We have come to the following resolutions”

That His Royal Highness, Alhaji Abdulrazaq Isah Koto, the Ohimegye-Igu Koton-Karfe, who is also the Chairman, Lokoja/ Kogi Local Government Area Traditional Council is hereby removed and to be deposed to, Rijau Local Government Area of Niger State.

Also His Royal Highness, Sam Bola Ojoa, the Olu Magongo of Magongo is removed and to be deposed to Salka, Magama Local Government Area of Niger State.

His Royal Highness, Samuel Adayi Onimisi, the Obobanyi of Emani, is removed and to be deposed to Doko, Lavun Local Government Area of Niger State.

Similarly, on decision No. 3, the title “OBOBANYI OF IHIMA” which reads on the promotion letter, upgrading the stool to first class status, was done without cognizance to the fact that the title; “OBOBANYI OF IHIMA” is a subject of litigation and the court of law is yet to arrive at the possible final decision, as such, the Government have however received several petitions, calling attention to the need to revert and maintain status quo, until the court of law decides.

To this end, the stool is hereby reverted to “OBOBANYI OF EMANI” as the present occupant remains deposed.

His Royal Highness, Boniface Musa, the ONU-IFE in Omala Local Government is to be suspended, indefinitely.

In the same vacant stools were filled after due intervention by the Government to resolve the lingering controversies that have characterised the selection process. the Government came up with the following appointments of the next occupants.

That: Alhaji Ahmed Tijani Anaje, the sitting OHI OF OKENWE, is herby appointed as the new OHINOYI OF EBIRALAND.

Alhaji Ibrahim Gambo Kabir is also appointed as the MAIGARI OF LOKOJA., while Alhaji Dauda Isah, is hereby appointed as the MAIYAKI OF KUPA

On Kogi/KotonKarfe traditional, the statement said going by the selection decision of the ODAKI RULING HOUSE, dated 27/4/2012 and endorsed by the Lokoja/Kogi Local Government Area Traditional Council, dated 14/5/2012, Mallam Saidu Akawo Salihu is hereby appointed as the OHIMEGYE-IGU KOTON-KARFE and to be turbaned immediately to avoid vacuum.

The statement said, going by the high court judgment of 1998, which gave full recognition to ODODO as bonafide child of ITA’AZI the father of Ebira land and UHUODO as a distinct in Ebira land with equal rights as others, therefore, the stool of OHI OF UHUODO is hereby created and processes for the occupation of the stool to commence with immediate effect.

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