By Gbenga Ariyibi
Ado Ekiti—Ekiti State Government yesterday read riot act to two feuding communities of Kota and Omuo Ekiti, warning that the government would henceforth deal decisively with any person caught causing trouble in the state.
This came as leaders of the feuding communities signed a memorandum of understanding pledging commitment to peaceful co-existence.
Speaking during a reconciliatory meeting with leaders of the communities in his office, Governor Kayode Fayemi, warned that anyone caught fomenting trouble in any part of the state would face the wrath of the law.
The two communities that were part of Ekiti East Local Government Area before the recent creation of additional Local Council Development Areas, LCDAs, in the state have been at loggerheads over the citing of a local government secretariat on a parcel of land both are claiming.
At a meeting attended by the Commissioner of Police, State Director of Department of State Service, DSS, representatives of other security agencies and traditional rulers of the two communities, Fayemi stressed the need to sustain the level of peace currently in the state.
The governor charged the Nigeria Police, DSS and the Nigerian Army to be on the lookout for any breach of peace.
Leaders of the feuding communities later signed a memorandum of understanding pledging commitment to peaceful co-existence.
They also resolved to shun violence and ‘put an end to the hostilities and animosity that hitherto existed between the two communities.”
The memorandum reads in part: “The two communities shall abide by all constitutional means to resolve any grievances that may generate dispute between them in any future engagements or relations. The two communities shall by no means directly or indirectly instigate, inspire or encourage anything that would cause ill-feeling or disaffection between the two communities and any further violation of the terms of this agreement shall attract sanctions.”