By  Dayo Johnson, Akure
GOVERNOR Olusegun Mimiko yesterday appointed a Civil Servant, Mr. Dele Ajayi, as the Chairman of the five-member Akure Regency Council pending the selection of another Oba for the town.

The appointment of Ajayi came  barely a week after the state government deposed and banished to Owo town the former Oba Prince Oluwadare Adepoju.

Other members of the council included; the Elemo of Akureland High Chief Bolanle Adedipe, who will serve as the Vice-Chairman while the Aro of Akure kingdom, High Chief Amos Balogun, Prince Adesola Adesida representing Ojiji Ogun ruling house and Chief Femi Alewi, representing the Osupa ruling house were named as members.

The inauguration of the council is coming despite the dragging of the state government to Court by the deposed Deji during the week to stop the inuaguration of the Council.

Yesterdays inuaguration was performed by the the state commissioner for local government and chieftaincy affairs, Mr. Diran Iyantan.

Iyantan pointed out that the government picked a civil servant as chairman of the regency council so that he would be able to play a neutral role during his tenure.

According to the Commissioner the state government did not consult anybody before appointing members of the council.

He described the issue which led to the deposed of Deji, as very unfortunate and that the government would ensure peace is maintain in the ancient town.

“I know it very painful to hear that your king is been deposed, but I can assure you that he had been kept in safety custody where he will be giving a better treatment more than when he was in Akure.

“The Deji’s matter had attracted international bodies, which if forced the state government to take a quick action in order to bring calm into the issue”. He said.

The commissioner also added that the committee would perform the functions of Deji, stressing that it had the right to recall any of the chief who they thought was unlawfully removed from his position.

The Chairman of the regency council commended the state governor, Olusegun Mimiko for acting fast to save the ancient town from embarrassment.

Ajayi also promised that the new committee would put in their best in performing their functions in order to return the lost glory of town.

Adedipe noted   that the Deji’s Palace had been turned to the hideout of  hoodlums, and that the  state government has to act to provide a maximum security for the palace and the entire community.

The Vice Chairamn High Chief  Elemo expressed displeasure on “what the ancient town is facing presently, promised that the committee would carry along the state government in whatever they are doing.


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