By Victor Ernest with agency report
Traditional rulers from Okunland in Kogi state have called for the release of the detained Administrator of Ijumu Local Government, Taufiq Isa, to allow for amicable resolution of alleged feud between him and Sen. Dino Melaye.
Led by the acting Chairman of the Okunland Traditional Council, the Olubunu of Bunu land, Oba Adewale Ikusemoro, they made the appeal on Sunday in Lokoja at a press conference.
They said Dino and Isa are their sons and they have summoned them for a peaceful resolution of the crisis.
The Police had on April 29 in Abuja paraded Isa and five other suspects for allegedly plotting the April 15 gun attack on Melaye’s house at Ayetoro-Gbede.
Ikusemoro, flanked by other leading traditional rulers from Okunland, warned that if the crisis was not carefully handled, it might escalate.
He said they had also met with the state Governor, Yahaya Bello, to ask for his support on the peaceful resolution of the crisis.
Also speaking at the press conference, a group of political office holders from Okunland led by the Majority Leader of the Kogi State House of Assembly, Hon. Matthew Kolawole, said they stand in solidarity with Isa in his travail.
The group implored the police not to hold Isa further but charge him for opportunity to defend himself in court.