From Joseph Amedu, Lokoja
Governro Yahaya Bello of Kogi State
Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi state at the weekend presented Staff of Office to the new Eje of Ofu, Alhaji Akwu Obaje, a first class traditional ruler in the state.
Bello while performing the ceremony at the Palace of Eje of Ofu in ancient town of Ugwolawo, headquarters of Ofu Local Government Area, charged the Royal Father to live above board in his new assignment especially in the area of maintenance of law and order within his domain.
The governor also charged the traditional ruler to complement government’s efforts in the mobilization and enlightenment of the citizens on the need to continue to observe personal hygiene and COVID-19 protocols to curb the spread of the dreaded disease.
The governor then urged the people of the area to rally round their traditional ruler through cooperation and logistics support to enable him succeed in his leadership roles.
It would be recalled that the former Eje of Ofu, Chief James Abalaka, and Onu Ugwolawo, Gabriel Attai Igono were sacked by the Kogi State High Court, Idah.
The Kogi State High Court of Justice at Idah presided over by Justice F. Ajayi had on Thursday, July 9, 2020, ruled that the appointment of Chief Abalaka as Eje of Ofu was in total disregard of the provisions of Sections 3 and 4 of Kogi State Chieftaincy Law No. 23 of 2006.
The court ruled that Akwu Obaje is the proper person to be appointed Eje of Ofu Local Government Area having been nominated and recommended by the four ruling houses.
The court also ruled that Chief James Abalaka, who even endorsed the nomination of Chief Akwu Obaje and who was never nominated by the committee of the four ruling houses is not the proper person to be appointed as Eje of Ofu local Government Area.
Since he assumed office, the Eje Ofu has contributed immensely to the growth and development of the local government area, as his first assignment was to coordinate a conference of all the sons and prominent sons and daughters of the area to form Ofu Stakeholders Association.
The association which has former accountant general of Kogi State, Elder Itodo Ubolo Okpanach as national chairman is aimed at promoting unity and development of the area.