Ondo govt threatens to banish monarchs over crisis
The Ondo State Executive Council has threatened to banish the Olukare of Ikare-Akoko and the Owa-Ale of Iyometa Ikare over the incessant crises in Ikare-Akoko in Akoko North East Local Government Area of the state. The council announced that the 24 hours curfew imposed on Ikare-Akoko following the communal clashes in the communities has been relaxed.
The decisions were part of the resolutions reached at the State Executive Council meeting on Wednesday in Akure, the state capital. The state’s Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Mrs Bamidele Ademola-Olateju, disclosed this while briefing Government House reporters.
She said the council among others resolved that any further crisis or escalation in Ikare will result in the banishment of the Olukare and Owa-Ale.
The commissioner also said the council set up a 5-member committee to look into the crisis in Ikare and recommend resolution on the Okoja issue as well as the Oloko intercession.
“ The crisis in Ikare has resulted in stringent measures being taken by the government. But in like manner, the curfew has been relaxed a little bit and it will be in effect from 6am to 6pm.
“The council resolved that any further crisis or escalation in Ikare will result in the banishment of the Olukare and Owa-Ale.
“The Oloko intercession issue will also be looked into. From now on, the Council has resolved that no one should parade himself as the Olokoja of Okoja, either the one installed by Owa Ale and Olukare.
“All minor chiefs installed by the Olokojas should stop parading themselves as chiefs henceforth. Whoever does so will be arrested and will face consequences”, the commissioner said.