Kogi killings: Yahaya Bello suspends traditional ruler, queries LG chief

Yahaya Bello, Governor of Kogi state

Yahaya Bello, Governor of Kogi state

By Richard Elesho

Kogi governor, Yahaya Bello, has ordered suspension of the Ohi of Eganyi and Chairman, Ajaokuta Area Traditional Council, Musa Isah Achujag about 24 hours after gunmen suspected to be bandits ambushed and killed eight security operatives in his domain.

In a letter to the Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Kogi State, the governor also directed that the Chairman of Ajaokuta Local Government Area, Mustapha Aka’aba should be queried over the security breach and he should reply within 24 hours.

The directives were contained in a statement by Onogwu Muhammed, the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor Sunday.

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The statement indicated that the governor’s directive against the affected persons is in connection with the recent security breach which led to the untimely deaths of eight security personnel while on active service in their area.

The governor strongly warned other traditional rulers across the state who may have connection in one way or the other with criminal elements in their domains to desist forthwith, saying that his administration will deal ruthlessly with anybody who romances with criminal elements no matter how highly placed.

In the same vein, Bello directed that all unofficial movements of council chairmen out of their territory and other journeys without due process should be suspended.

The governor warned that no amount of connivance with criminals will deter him from his fundamental responsibility of protecting lives and property of the citizens and residents of the state.

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