Governor of Ekiti State, Dr Kayode Fayemi has settled the conflict between Kota and Omuo Ekiti, two neighbouring communities in the state, warning that anyone caught fomenting trouble in any part of the State would face the wrath of the law.
The two communities which were parts of Ekiti East Local Government Area before the recent creation of additional Local Council Development Areas in the State are at loggerheads over the citing of a local government secretariat on a parcel of land claimed by the two communities as theirs.
Settling the feud in Ado –Ekiti, on Wednesday at a meeting attended by the Commissioner of Police, Director of the SSS, representatives of some other security agencies and traditional rulers of the two communities, the Governor stressed the need to sustain the level of peace currently being enjoyed in the State. He charged men of the Nigeria Police, State Security Service and the Nigerian Army to be on the lookout for any breach of peace.
Leaders of the feuding communities also signed a memorandum pledging their commitment to peaceful co-existence between the communities. They also resolved that they would shun violence and ‘put an end to the hostilities and animosity that hitherto existed between the two communities”.
The memorandum reads in part: “The two communities shall abide by all constitutional means to resolve any grievances that may generate dispute between them in any future engagements or relations”.
“The two communities shall by no means directly or indirectly instigate, inspire or encourage anything that would cause ill-feeling or disaffection between the two communities and any further violation of the terms of this agreement shall attract sanctions”.
The traditional rulers of the two communities as well as the caretaker chairmen of Ekiti East local government, Mr Rotimi Ajidara and Ekiti South East Local Council Development Area, Mr. Lateef Akanle promised to meet with their people with a call to shun violence in the interest of the respective towns and of the state at large.
Last modified: August 13, 2014