Oworo Council Decry Petition Over King’s Dethronement 



From Joseph Amedu, Lokoja


Gov Bello of Kogi State


The Oworo Traditional Council in Lokoja Local Government Area of Kogi state has dissociated self from the petition before the State House of Assembly demanding for the dethronement of the incumbent Olu of Oworo land, Mallam Mohammed Adoga Baiyerohi.

The Oworo Traditional Council has also accused the member representing Lokoja 2 state Constituency in the kogi State House of Assembly, Idris Ndako of masterminding the petition written against the Olu of Oworo, Oba Muhammed Adoga Baiyerohi, calling for his dethronement and banishment.

Addressing a press conference on behalf of the five ruling houses in Oworo, spokesman of the group, Chief Aiyedogbon Berida said from inception, each Olu of Oworo except Olu Mundi administered Oworoland from their ancestral seat.

He noted that Oworo has no central palace for the Olu, saying that neither the Lokoja local government nor the state government has ever pointed accusing finger on how Oworo Chiefdom was administered.

The royal fathers said that the action of Ndako was intended to undermine the Oworo Traditional system as well as cause disaffection among the peace loving people of Oworo land.

According to the royal fathers, the petition, requesting the dethronement and banishment of Olu of Oworo is rejected and condemned in its entirety.

They explained that from time immemorial traditional activities are carried out in Agbaja, which includes General council meetings, installation of village heads, Oworo Development Association Annual convention and festivities such as Id-el fitri.

The group added that there is no known Oworo custom, native law and tradition that forbids this practice, let alone the desecration of same.

The traditional rulers thereafter passed a vote of confidence on the Olu of Oworo, Mallam Mohammed Adoga Baiyerohi, Agbosi the second.