Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State has said that the Ohinoyi of Ebira people worldwide has forwarded a private letter to him, expressing his embarrassment on the involvement of his subjects in the Catholic attack by terrorists in Owo in June this year.
“I also have received a letter from Ohinoyi of Ebiraland, that is the leader of Ebira in the World, commiserating again and expressing his own embarrassment on what happened.”
The Ohinoyi, 94 year old acting chairman of Kogi State Traditional Council, Alhaji, Dr. Ado Ibrahim, is the paramount first class traditional ruler of the entire Ebira nation.
Governor Akeredolu, who held a special meeting with the leaders of the Ebira community in the state at the Cocoa Conference Hall of the Governor’s office, Alagbaka, Akure, today, Agust 13, called on Ebira leaders to warn their wards against venturing into the kidnapping business.
Akeredolu, who stressed that the Ebira people have lived together with the indigenes of the state for long, charged them not to deviate from the farming trade.
“We summoned the special meeting with our brothers. They are not new here but because of the recent developments that have to do with the Owo massacre and kidnappings, we have to call ourselves.
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“I can assure you all that we have had a very frank discussion with ourselves and the leader of the Ebiras in Ondo State spoke on behalf of Ebiras and a few other persons
“It is clear that the message from us to them is well understood and we have assurance from the Ebiras who are living in Ondo State that they would corporate with the security agencies and that the incident in Owo was something that they themselves felt very bad about.
“So, we leave here today with the belief that our brothers, Ebira that are here, would at the least work to ensure that there is security in Ondo State and in doing that, we have charged them to discuss with all their people.”