Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello, has announced the appointment of Alhaji Ahmed Tijani-Anaje, the Ohi of Okenwe, as the new Ohinoyi of Ebiraland. Additionally, Alhaji Ibrahim Gambo-Kabir was appointed as the Maigari of Lokoja, while Alhaji Dauda Isah was appointed as the new Maiyaki of Kupa in Lokoja, within the Lokoja Local Government Area.
The governor delivered these decisions at the Government House in Lokoja. Tijani-Anaje assumes the role following the passing of the late Ohinoyi, Dr. Ado Ibrahim, on October 29, 2023, at the age of 94 due to a prolonged illness. Gambo-Kabir takes over from the late Maigari of Lokoja, Alhaji Muhammad Kabir Maikarfi III, who passed away on September 28, 2022, at the age of 80.
In a public address following a state executive committee meeting, Governor Bello said, “Having followed through our traditional and chieftaincy laws, rules, and regulations and all the due processes, we have come to the following resolutions: His Royal Highness, Alhaji Abdulrazaq Isah-Koto, the Ohimege-Igu Koton-Karfe, who is also the chairman of the Lokoja-Kogi Local Government Area Traditional Council, is hereby removed and deposed to Rijau Local Government Area of Niger State. His Royal Highness, Sam Bola Ojoa, the Olu Magongo of Magongo, is removed and to be deposed to Salka, Magama Local Government Area of Niger State. His Royal Highness, Samuel Adayi Onimisi, the Obobanyi of Emani, is removed and to be deposed to Doko, Lavun Local Government Area of Niger State.”
Governor Bello further addressed the status of the title “Obobanyi of Ihima,” stating that its elevation to first-class status was a subject of ongoing litigation. Therefore, pending court decisions, he said that the government has decided to maintain the status quo and revert the stool to Obobanyi of Emani, as the present occupant remains deposed.
“His Royal Highness, Boniface Musa, the Onu-Ife in Omala Local Government, is suspended indefinitely,” he declared.
The government resolved various controversies in the selection processes for new monarchs and appointed Malam Saidu Akawo Salihu as the Ohimege-igu Koton-Karfe. He asserted that he would be turbaned immediately to prevent a vacuum. The appointment followed the selection decision of the Odaki Ruling House, dated April 27, 2012, and received endorsement from the Lokoja-Kogi Local Government Area Traditional Council, dated May 14, 2012.
Based on a high court judgement of 1998, which gave full recognition to Ododo as the legitimate child of Ita’Azi, the father of Ebira Land, and Uhuodo as a distinct district in Ebira Land with equal rights as others, the governor declared that “the stool of Ohi of Uhuodo is hereby created and processes for the occupation of the stool to commence with immediate effect.”