From Joseph Amedu, Lokoja
Following the judgment of Court of Appeal, Abuja which deroped a former Onu Ojoku, a second class traditional ruler, Idris Alfa in Ankpa local government area, the Kogi state government has approved the immediate appointment of Mallam Mohammed Ogbe as the new Onu Ojoku.
The Court of Appeal, Abuja had on the 6th of February this year declared that Mallam Mohammed Ogbe is the rightful person to ascend the throne of the Onu Ojoku.
Conveying government approval for the implementation of the court order, the Special Adviser to Kogi state governor on Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Abubakar Ohere at a meeting with the stakeholders of Ojoku community, expressed government’s believe in the rule of law and directed immediate transition of powers and recognition from the former Chief to the newly appointed Onu of Ojoku.
“Henceforth Mallam Mohammed Ogbe should be accorded full recognition as the Onu of Ojoku in line with the order from the office of the state Attorney General and commissioner of Justice as there is no order for stay of execution by any court of law and more so that the judgment is yet to be set aside by the Supreme Court” the Special Adviser explained.
He urged the Igala Area Traditional Council and that of Ankpa Local Government to comply with the Court Order of recognising Mallam Mohammed Ogbe as the Onu of Ojoku.
In his remark during the meeting, the dethroned Onu Ojoku, Idris Alfa who had ruled his community for 19years before the recent judgement, informed the Special Adviser that he has appealed the Court of Appeal decision at Supreme Court.