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Kogi bans sale of land in Zarigi over dispute

The Kogi State government has halted sale of land and land development by people of Adavi and Okehi Local Government Areas living in the disputed area of Zariagi community.

The state deputy governor, Yomi Awoniyi, who is also chairman of the state boundary committee, announced the ban yesterday in Lokoja. He urged the local governments to maintain status quo until the disputed area is demarcated.
Awoniyi said the decision followed a resolution reached at a stakeholders meeting on Adavi/Okehi inter local boundary committee.  He said one of the resolutions also reached at the meeting was to appoint an independent agent to collect revenue in the disputed area and that same be paid into a special account pending the resolution of the matter.
Awoniyi, who was represented by the state Commissioner for Justice and Attorney General, Joe Abraham, called on the people not to see boundary demarcation as a means to divide them but to enhance administrative convenience and development.
In their separate statements, Hassan Yusuf and Salihu Adaviriku, chairman of Okehi and Adavi Local Government Areas, assured of their council’s support for amicable resolution of the issue.
The duo appealed to their people to remain calm.