A Magistrate Court Sitting in Lokoja, Kogi State have remanded twenty persons including a second class traditional ruler in Adavi Local Government Area of the state. The traditional ruler who is the Taru Ezuka (Ajoko subclan), Alh Nasiru Momoh and the others were remanded at Koton-Karfe Correctional Centre over a violent protest against the imposition of Mr Joseph Omuya Salami as the Adavi Local Government Council Chairmanship candidate of the All Progressives Congress.
The decision of the Court followed an exparte application praying amongst other things, their remand for 14 days to enable the Police further investigation into the matter.
The reports of this detention have been greeted with various reactions, especially as the traditional ruler had been in Police custody since Wednesday.
A statement from Mall Kabiru Danga and Mr Jacob Adavize, spokespersons of Uka Elites at home and in Diaspora condemns the detention of their ruler, describing it as an affront to the culture and traditions of the people. “The group strongly disapproves the rumour that the arrest and detention of the royal father and thirty others was ordered by the Governor. To the best of our knowledge, His Excellency, Alhaji Yahaya Bello, the Executive Governor of Kogi State that we know, will not impinge on the fundamental rights of citizens, let alone, a cradle of our tradition and culture of Ebira people. We see this as a mere name dropping.
“The group wishes to call on the Governor to use his good office not only to release the traditional ruler and other people arrested but to identify the politicians behind this act of desecration of our tradition and sanction them accordingly. We therefore use this medium to advise politicians seeking positions that power is transient and they should refrain from any action that will have long time implication for our community.”