Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi state on Thursday, January 25, presented the staff of office to the new Ohinoyi of Ebiraland, Ahmed Tijani Anaje at a public ceremony to mark the event.
Anaje prior his appointment as the Ohinoyi of Ebiraland was the Ohi of Okenwen.
Recall that the government of Kogi state recently deposed four traditional rulers, including a first-class traditional ruler, the Ohimege Igu, Konto-Nkarfe, and Alhaji Abdulrazaq Koto.
Koto was subsequently banished to Rijau Local Government Area in Niger State.
Governor Bello also appointed Alhaji Salihu Seidu, widely known as SAS, to replace the deposed Ohimege.
“He is to be turbaned immediately to avoid a vacuum,” the governor said.
The governor’s address on the appointments delivered shortly after a meeting held with members of the state executive committee reads, “Having followed through our Traditional and Chieftaincy Laws, rules and regulations and all the due processes, we have come to the following resolutions.
“His Royal Highness, Alhaji Abdulrazaq Isah Koto, the Ohimege-Igu Koton-Karfe, who is also the Chairman, Lokoja/ Kogi Local Government Area Traditional Council is hereby removed and to be deposed to Rijau Local Government Area of Niger State.
“His Royal Highness, Sam Bola Ojoa, the Olu Magongo of Magongo, is removed and to be deposed to Salka, Magama Local Government Area of Niger State.
“His Royal Highness, Samuel Adayi Onimisi, the Obobanyi of Emani, is removed and to be deposed to Doko, Lavun Local Government Area of Niger State.
“That similarly, on decision No. 3, the title ‘Obobanyi of Ihim’ which reads on the promotion letter, upgrading the stool to first-class status, was done without cognisance to the fact that the title; ‘Obobanyi of Ihima’ is a subject of litigation and the court of law is yet to arrive at the possible final decision, as such, the government has however received several petitions, calling attention to the need to revert and maintain status quo, until the court of law decides.
“To this end, the stool is hereby reverted to ‘Obobanyi of Ihima’ as the present occupant remains deposed.
“His Royal Highness, Boniface Musa, the Onu-Ife in Omala Local Government is to be suspended, indefinitely.”