Alhaji Musa Isah Achuja, the Ohi of Eganyi, was stripped of his traditional honour when security operatives arrested him following the killing of three policemen and five vigilantes in the Ajaokuta area council of Kogi State.
The slain security operatives were killed during a counterterrorism attack with bandits infiltrating Kogi State to dislodge security formation. However, the attack was said to be successfully launched in the monarch’s province.
Prior to the incident, residents of the area had reported to the divisional police headquarters that some people were using their farms for criminal activities. The report, WikkiTimes prompted the divisional police officer to mobilise his men and some local vigilantes to go after the criminals.
Unfortunately, the criminals waylaid the security operatives and rained bullets on them. According to a discrete source, the bodies were deposited at the Federal Medical Center, Lokoja.
Monarch Suspended and Detained
Vexed by the attack that claimed the security operatives, Yahaya Bello, the Governor of Kogi State ordered that the monarch whose territory was breached be arrested. Afterwards, he stripped him of his traditional title by suspending him.
In a related development, Mustapha Aka’aba , the council chairman of the affected area was summoned by the governor.
Muhammed Onogwu, the Chief Press Secretary (CPS) to Governor Bello, confirmed the government’s decision.
The statement reads: “Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello has directed the suspension of the Ohi of Eganyi and Chairman, Ajaokuta Traditional Area Council, HRH Alhaji Musa Isah Achuja with immediate effect after the investigation that led to his arrest and detention by the security agency.
“In a letter to the Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Kogi State, the governor also directed that the Chairman of Ajaokuta Local Government Area, Hon Mustapha Aka’aba be queried over the breach and should reply within 24 hours.