Any traditional ruler igniting crisis will be dealt with – Akwa Ibom govt warns

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The Government of Akwa Ibom State on Friday warned that it would deal decisively with any traditional ruler in the state who engages in activities that could breach the peace in their domain.

Mr Moses Ekpo, the Deputy Governor, gave the warning in Uyo at a meeting with traditional rulers from Eastern Obolo and Ikot Abasi Local Government Areas (LGAs).

Ekpo expressed displeasure over repeated crises in the two local government areas over boundary.

He said that any of them found using his position to breach the peace enjoyed in the state would face the consequences.

According to him, such infraction will henceforth attract withdrawal of certificate of recognition from any traditional ruler found wanting.

He reminded them that in line with the extant laws, only paramount rulers were authorised to place a traditional injunction over land matters.

Ekpo said: “It is not right for the village head to place an injunction on any land without consulting the paramount ruler or following due process.

“An offended party must always exhaust the established procedure of making official reports to the local government chairmen and the paramount rulers.

“Do not to take the laws into your hands or run to the press to escalate crisis,” NAN quoted him as saying.

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