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Two traditional rulers in Kwara state to forfeit 3 months salary



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-Two traditional rulers in Kwara state have been sanctioned for failing to maintain peace and order in their domains.

-They have also been barred from attending any function in their official capacity until the matter is resolved.

-The kings will forfeit three months salary as part of their punishment.

Governor, Abdulfatah Ahmed of Kwara state, on Wednesday declared that two traditional rulers involved in communal clash in Oke Ero local government area of the state will not have their salaries for three months.

The affected monarchs are the Alofa of Ilofa, Oba Samuel Dada; and the Olota of Odo Owa, Oba Toba Adimula.

The affected rulers are also not permitted to leave their domains except with the permission of the chairman of the Transition Implementation Committees of their local government areas.

Recall that the two communities – Ilofa and Odo Owa, were involved in communal clashes in May 2017 over superiority contest on the community that should first sell fresh yam in the common market in the area.

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Speaking with journalists after the state executive council meeting in Ilorin, the Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Haruna Muhammad, said the decision formed part of the consideration of the White Paper on judicial commission of inquiry on Ilofa/Odo Owa communal clash.

The commissioner also said the rulers would not attend traditional council meeting, or any government function until the expiration of the stated period.

Muhammad also said the common central market in the two communities would henceforth be used by members of the general public solely for commercial purposes such as buying and selling, and not for cultural or traditional activities.

He added that the state executive council had also directed the Secretary to the State Government to write the state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Lawan Addo, to increase police presence in the two communities for purpose of maintaining law and order.

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