Ekiti obeys Supreme Court judgment, relocates Ilejemeje LG headquarters

The Ekiti Governor, Kayode Fayemi. [PHOTO CREDIT: Official twitter handle of Kayode Fayemi.]
The Ekiti Governor, Kayode Fayemi. [PHOTO CREDIT: Official twitter handle of Kayode Fayemi.]

The Ekiti State Government has announced the relocation of Ilejemeje Local Government council headquarters from Iye-Ekiti to Eda-Oniyo.

The State Deputy Governor, Bisi Egbeyemi, announced the relocation at a press conference on Monday in Ado-Ekiti, the state capital.

He said that the relocation was in obedience to the Supreme Court judgment nullifying the gazetting of Iye-Ekiti as the council headquarters.

Mr Egbeyemi directed the council Chairman, Sunday Awolola, and the Commissioner for Local Government Affairs, Adio Folayan, to prepare a schedule for the council’s relocation to the new headquarters.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Supreme Court had, in December 2018, delivered a judgment declaring Eda-Oniyo as the authentic headquarters of the council.

The Eda-Oniyo community had, in 1996, approached the court to challenge the location of the council headquarters in Iye-Ekiti.

The community had insisted that the recognition of Iye-Ekiti as the headquarters of the council by the then military government was politically-motivated.

The deputy governor said the state government would ensure full implementation of the Supreme Court judgment, adding that it would be tantamount to illegality to still continue to recognise Iye-Ekiti as the council headquarters after the judgment.

“By virtue of the judgment, Eda-Oniyo is the only legally-recognised headquarters of Ilejemeje local government.

“The headquarters of Ilejemeje local government and its machinery are hereby relocated from Iye-Ekiti to Eda-Oniyo Ekiti,” he said.

He urged all government departments, institutions and agencies to respect the new order and cautioned against any act capable of truncating the relocation process.

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Reacting to the development, Oba Julius Awolola, the Eleda of Eda-Oniyo, commended the state government for obeying the Supreme Court judgment.

“I urge my people not to be over-joyous but to maintain peace in the face of the current development,” he said.

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Also speaking, the council chairman urged the people of the two communities to be peaceful and law-abiding.

“We will need the cooperation of the two communities as we implement the relocation process,” he said.

(NAN)

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