Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello has directed the suspension of the Ohi of Eganyi and Chairman, Ajaokuta Area Traditional Council, HRH Alhaji Musa Isah Achuja with immediate effect.
The Governor’s directive was coming about 24 hours after gunmen suspected to be bandits ambushed and killed eight security officers in Ajaokuta area.
In a letter to the Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Kogi State, the governor also directed that the Chairman of Ajaokuta Local Government Area, Hon Mustapha Aka’aba be queried over the breach and should reply within 24 hours.
The statement by Onogwu Muhammed, Chief Press Secretary to the Governor said the governor’s directive against the affected persons is in connection with the recent security breach in the area which led to the untimely deaths of eight security personnel while on active service.
The governor strongly warned other traditional rulers across the state who may have connection in one way or the other with criminal elements in their domains to desist forthwith, saying that his administration will deal ruthlessly with anybody who romances with criminal elements no matter how highly placed.
In the same vein, Bello directed that all unofficial movements of council chairmen out of their territory and other journeys without due process be restricted
The governor warned that no amount of connivance with criminals will deter him from his fundamental responsibility of protecting lives and property of the citizens and residents of the state.