Chieftaincy Tussle Claims Lives In Kogi, Governor Bello Calls For Calm

Gov Yahaya Bello
Executive Governor Kogi State

 

Idris Ahmed, Lokoja.

Kogi State Governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello has appealed to the people of Akwu community in Ankpa Local Government Area to give peace a chance following a violent clash that erupted over chieftaincy stool on Wednesday.

In a statement issued on Friday by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Onogwu Muhammed, reacting to the violence over chieftaincy tussle in the community that led to loss of lives and destruction of property, Bello said there are procedures for appointment, confirmation and coronation of chieftaincy tittle in every chiefdom, warning that his administration would not tolerate violence and any act that breeds breakdown of law and order.

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“The people of Akwu should follow such procedures rather than taking laws into their hands.

“Any further breakdown of law and order in the area will not be condoned and the perpetrators of this crime will face the full wrath of the law.

“The traditional rulers should keep their doors opened to entertain complains from their subjects at all time.

“While we sympathise with those affected by this unfortunate incident, the government will go after those who carried out the violence.

“Every life is precious to us as government; anyone found committing any act of violence for whatever reasons will face the full wrath of the law”, the statement said.

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The governor directed the security agencies to bring the perpetrators to book and ensure restoration of peace to the troubled community.

Meanwhile, efforts have been put in place to mitigate further escalation, as well as relief interventions to the affected persons.

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