From Joe Ahmedu, Lokoja
Agaba’idu, Attah Igala, His Royal Majesty I , right receiving a gift from another group during a courtesy visit to the palace, recently
A group under the aegis of Uk’Omu Igala Organisation has called on those aggrieved by the judgment over conceding ownership of Ajaokuta, Lokoja and Koton Karfe to Igala Kingdom to take the judicial option of approaching the appellate court rather than resorting to provocative utterances and actions.
Comptroller Abdul Amade (rtd), the national leader of the Forum in a statement on Wednesday in Lokoja, pointed out that the decision over the ownership of the affected areas was taken by the Federal High Court based on documentary and historical evidences and only a contrary ruling by a higher court can upturned the earlier verdict.
Recalled that the Federal High Court sitting in Lokoja on June 2, affirmed that Ajaokuta, Lokoja and Koton Karfe were parts of Igala Kingdom.
The Court further demanded that the Federal Government should pay the sum of N10 billion debt owed Attah Igala since the colonial era over the land.
“The courageous judgment, widely commended by a cross-section of Nigerians and the international community, has been variously attacked by some ethnic communities in Kogi State, he said, adding,
“As if it were a call to arms, these groups have taken to an out of the ark, old-fashioned way of handling the pronouncement of the judiciary – insults, provocative action, and threats of fire and brimstone.
According to the forum, the judgment cannot be overturned by insult, threats and provocations, while appealing to anyone who has issues with the initial judgment should demonstrate his interest by going to the court of law.
He called, “ on the government of Kogi State, the institution that has the responsibility of ensuring peace and security, to call these trouble-makers to order.
“Also, UIO calls on the Inspector General of Police and Kogi State Commissioner of Police, DSS, to activate their intelligence network to bring to book all criminally-minded persons, who, puffed up by undue ethnic bigotry, have continued to threaten Igala kingdom with unprovoked violence, it further urged.
The forum salute the courage of Agaba’idu, Attah Igala, His Royal Majesty I who, despite provocations, has maintained his calm and prevailed on his subjects against responding to false and irritating reactions to the judgment.