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Government to clampdown on self-styled rulers – Okowa



The Delta State Government has vowed to clampdown on self-styled traditional rulers in kingdoms not recognised by the state government.

The Delta State Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa gave the warning yesterday, while playing host to the chairman and members of the Delta State Council of Traditional Rulers in Asaba.

He said government will not tolerate acts likely to cause the breach of peace and breakdown of law and order in any part of the state occasioned by the dismemberment of existing kingdoms by self-styled traditional rulers under whatever guise.

He said the creation of kingdoms and appointment of traditional rulers was a sensitive matter, which must follow due process, adding that security agencies have been placed on the alert to fish out individuals involved in such acts for the continued promotion of peace and harmony among the people of the state.

Governor Okowa assured that his administration will continue to execute projects with direct bearing on the lives of the people and encouraged communities to embark on self-help development projects to complement the developmental efforts of government.

Earlier, the chairman of the council, Dr. Emmanuel Efeizomor II, accompanied by the first Vice Chairman, Pere S.L. Kalanama VIII, said the visit was to appreciate the governor on his developmental strides and to congratulate him on his electoral victory.

The Delta Royal Fathers appealed to the governor to address the issue of herdsmen attack on farmers in some communities in the state, saying that the attack is preventing farmers from going to their farms.

While pledging continued support to his administration, the Royal Fathers enjoined the governor to sustain the existing tempo of development across the state in his second term in the interest of posterity.

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