The Governor Godwin Obaseki-led adminstration in Edo State on Saturday said it has approved the revocation of South Uneme in Etsako East Local Government Area of the state owing to the ‘persistent violent communal clashes which have claimed several lives in the community.”
Government special announcement signed by the Secretary to the State Government Barr. Osarodion Ogie said, “the State Government has also withrawn the appointment of HRH Benjamin Ikani as the Oliola of Uzanu clan of South East Uneme with immediate effect.
According to the statement issued, the government’s action is “predicated on the incessant and flagrant disregard to peace agreement and government’s directive to maintain peace in Uzanu community and it’s environs by the Oliola.
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Earlier, the Deputy Governor of the state, Comrade Philip Shaibu had threatened that the Edo State Government would be forced to issue arrest warrant on Prince Clem Agba, Minister of State for Budget Planning over his role in fanning the ember of war within communities in the state.
Comrade Shaibu stated this in an earlier enlarged meeting between waring communities where the Uzanu leadership reportedly displayed outright disdained to abide by government’s position on the communal dispute as they reportedly threatened to cause unrest in the state. This forced government to come out with a lasting solution on the issue.
Trouble started early in the year when Igiode community accused the Minister of State for Budget, Prince Clem Agba who is from Uzanu clan of removing government beacon demarcation and trespassed deep into Igiode land.
The action of Clem Agba was predicated to undermine government earlier white paper issued two years ago on the adjustment and demarcation of the boundaries which once restored peace and normalcy.
With the dissolution of Uzanu clan, the Uzanu village has been returned under the leadership of HRH George Egabor the Okumagbe of Uwanno kingdom as the office of Oliola no longer exists .