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Ekiti Summons Monarchs Over Land Dispute

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Ekiti State Government yesterday issued a strong warning to the people of Igbemo Ekiti and Orun Ekiti against allowing a breakdown of law and order between the two neighbouring communities.

The Deputy Governor, Chief Bisi Egbeyemi gave the warning during an emergency visit to the two communities, located in Irepodun/Ifelodun Local Government Area of the state, yesterday, following a land dispute between them.

Egbeyemi stressed the need for the Onigbemo of Igbemo-Ekiti, Oba Adewumi Daramola and the Olorun of Orun-Ekiti, Oba Joshua Osalusi to maintain peace and orderliness in their respective domains.

Violence erupted between the two communities at the weekend over a bus stop shelter constructed by Orun youths to mark the festive period which was allegedly burnt down by Igbemo youths who are claiming that the project was erected on their land.

Addressing the monarchs in their palaces, the deputy governor expressed displeasure over disruption of peace and the tension created by the burning down of the bus stop shelter.

A statement by the Special Assistant (Media), to the deputy governor, Odunayo Ogunmola, said the state government has also summoned the two monarchs to a peace meeting to be held in his office on Wednesday to find a lasting solution to the crisis.

Egbeyemi stressed that he came to issue, “yellow card” to the two monarchs and their chiefs on the crisis warning that further breakdown of law and order in the two communities would compel the state government to give what he called “red card” to them.

The Deputy Governor who emphasized that the state government would not tolerate bloodshed, violence, arson and acrimony among communities in Ekiti maintained that government would only be able to implement its good intention in an atmosphere where peace is sustained.

Egbeyemi said, “There had been a lot of crises in these communities two days ago and if not curtailed, it could lead to loss of lives.

“I have been asked to give Olorun and Onigbemo a yellow card and after this, if the crises persist, be expecting a red card.

“It is when there is peace that we can attract industries and bring developmental projects to your communities.

“If there is no peace, there is no way we would be able to assist your people and the community at large.

“We want peace to reign in all the nooks and crannies of Ekiti State.”

 

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