There is a looming war between Uzairue and Auchi communities in Estako West local government area over alleged unprintable words used by the Otaru of Auchi, HRH Aliru Momoh, Ikelebe III on the state Deputy Governor, Hon Philip Shaibu.
The lingering crisis between both communities was said to be over a parcel of land on which the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) installed its sub-station.
It was gathered that the TCN sub-stations could not be installed for over three years following ownership of the disputed land between both communities until the intervention of the State Government.
The Otaru of Auchi was said to have worked out on Hon Shaibu after using unsavoury utterances when he was at Auchi to represent Governor Godwin Obaseki to mark the Muslims celebration of Sallah last Friday.
Peeved by the abuse of one its prominent subjects, the Ogieneni of Uzairue, HRH Kadiri Imonikhe Omogbai IV, in a statement he personally signed warned that “the Uzairue will resist any attempt from the palace of the Otaru to rubbish, embarrass, hurt or tarnish the image of Shaibu”.
The Ogieneni stated that the utterances of the Otaru of Auchi was aimed at embarrassing Shaibu.
He said the friendly and accommodating nature must not be taken for granted by the Otaru of Auchi.
The Ogieneni of Uzairue insisted that the land on which the TCN sub-station is cited belongs to the Uzairue saying it was unthinkable for any community, not even Auchi Kingdom to lay claim to the said land.
He said the community released it because the State Government needed it for the good of the Etsako and the Afemai people in general.
According to him, “In as much as we are very ready to live in peace with our neighbours, the Uzairue are not ready to yield an inch of their God-given land to any community not even Auchi.
“We want to call on the state government and relevant security agencies to check the excesses of the Otaru of Auchi and his unguarded and overzealous palace Chiefs to avert the breakdown of law and order in the local government”.
In his reaction, the Otaru of Auchi, Aliru Momoh, Ikelebe III, said the Ogieneni “has right to do what he should do.
“That right is given to man by God. I won’t join issues with him. I want to wait to see what Government will do”.
The Otaru added that he has great love for his community and does not want any of his subjects to die over land.
“Government has the duty and responsibility to investigate. Government cannot judge without looking at the evidence. If Government does that that would be injustice,” the Otaru said.