By Akpasen Esther Aniefiok/Offort Collins Moses/Henry Blessing Edet.
The Akwa Ibom Government on Wednesday February 16, 2022 warned that it would deal decisively with any traditional ruler in the state who engaged in activities that could breach the peace in their domain.
The deputy governor, Mr Moses Ekpo, gave the warning in Uyo at a meeting with traditional rulers from Eastern Obolo and Ikot Abasi Local Government Areas.
Moses expressed displeasure over repeated crises in the two local government areas over boundary.
He also 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 a 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.
“It is not right for the village head to place an injunction on any land without consulting the paramount ruler or following due process” he quoted.
He further said” An offended party must always exhaust the established procedure of making official reports to the local government chairmen and the paramount rulers.
In response, the paramount ruler of Eastern Obolo, UbonEtetor, expressed gratitude for the opportunity to express themselves on boundary disputes.
Etetor urged the state government to organise a seminar that would give proper orientation to the village heads on decision making and community administration.
The paramount ruler of Ikot Abasi, Udo Ntukobom, thanked the deputy governor for his interventions aimed at ensuring that peace reigned in the area.