The Ata of Igala, Micheal Idakwo Ameoboni II has urged Kogi State Ministry of Justice to desist from handling cases that are purely outside its purview, saying that doing so was an attempt to usurp his power as the chairman of the state traditional council.
He disclosed this through the secretary to his palace, Alhaji Adama Sule, while speaking to journalists in Lokoja on Thursday, stressing that the series of publications in a Kogi State government owned newspaper, ‘The Graphic’ recently, where it was alleged that the state Ministry of Justice advised against the enforcement of an order over the de-beading of Ogohi-Attah Ejule, Alhaji Akwu Achimugwu, was misleading.
The Ata Igala therefore said that “Alhaji Akwu Achimugu stands de-beaded as Ogohi-Attah Ejule” as earlier pronounced by the palace of Igala nation in Idah.
He said though it was unethical to join issues with the ministry in public, the palace was compelled to respond since it might become difficult to change a lie that had become constant.
“The conferment and removal of the title of Ogohi-Attah Igala Ejule on any worthy son of the land is squarely on the prerogatives of the Ata Igala, not on the Ejeh Ofu sitting in council,” thr royal father expressed.
He explained further that the elevation of Akwu Achimugu Obaje to the status of Ofu Local Government Traditional Council without recourse to the Ata Igala, the chairman of the Igala traditional council, rendered the exercise null and void.
The Ata Igala stated further that what was conferred on Obaje was merely an honorary title because no particular community was attached to his title in his conference letter with reference number IATC/387/VOL1/175 of August 13, 2005.
He debunked the allegation that the Akwu Achimugu Obaje was not given fair hearing, saying at an elaborate meeting (on the said case) where all stakeholders were present, the resolution clearly placed issues in their perspectives.


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