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Edo Government Ends 18 Years Legal Tussles, Presents Staff Of Office To Anwan Clan Head

Lucky Obukohwo, Reporting

Edo State Government has presented Staff of Office to Alhaji Muftairu Oare as Clan head of Anwain Clan in Etsako West Local Government after 18 years of legal tussle.

It was said that After the demise of Alhaji John Hakeem Oare ( Clan head of Anwain from 1980 to 2006) on 15th April 2006, some village heads in the clan went to court to challenge the state not to recognize Alhaji Muftairu Oare as the clan head.

The Matter had moved from one court to the other until December, 21, 2023 when a High Court presided over by Justice Emmanuel Ahamioje threw out the case for lack of merit.

Obaseki represented by Mr Monday Osaigbovo, Commissioner of Ministry of Local Government,
Community and Chieftaincy Affairs said historic event is the climax of the series of traditional ceremonies to mark the ascension to the revered throne of Anwain by HRH Mufutairu Oare.

He pleaded that all hands should be on deck to bring about the much-needed progress and development to Anwain Community in line with the vision, programme and policy of Governor Godwin Obaseki’s led administration.

“l implore the good and hardworking people of Anwain Community to support and rally round the Erama Anwain of Anwain (Clan Head of Anwain) to enable him effectively discharge his royal duties.

” As you are aware, no meaningful development can take place in an atmosphere of rancor. in this regard,

“I appeal to you as the father of all in Anwain Community to endeavour to use your exalted royal position to make positive impact on the people and to chart the path of peace.order and development at all times. ” He said

He advised the subjects to be vigilant and promptly report any strange and suspicious character in your midst to the Law Enforcement Agencies so as to reduce the incident of crime to the barest minimum and at the same time ensure peace and order in your domain,

He reiterated that the administration would not tolerate any act that is capable of undermining the peace and tranquility in Anwain Community.

“Let me, once again, congratulate Your Highness on your official elevation to the esteemed position of the Erama Anwain of Anwain/Clan Head of Anwain. By the grace of God, I have no doubt in my mind that your reign will be long, peaceful and prosperous.

“On behalf of the State Governor, Mr. Godwin Nogheghase Obaseki,the Governor of Edo State, I present to you, Your Royal Highness, the Staff of Office associated with the title of Clan Head of Anwain.” He said

In his acceptance speech, Alhaji Muftairu Oare
the Clan head of Anwain Clan, said “Your presence at Idegun today marks the glorious end of the titanic court battles that have been raging in the Clan between me and my adversaries for years.

“Your Excellency, Sir, my father died on the 15th April, 2006, before I could complete the burial ceremonies of my late father, my hitherto adversaries who had made things very difficult for my father, went to court to foreclose any possible attempt to inform the government of the death of my father and possible request for my installation as the
successor.

“Immediately they heard that the whole burial ceremonies had been completed and formally installed as the village head and
prospective clan head of Anwain, they went to court.

“we look forward to extending our good hands of fellowship to all aggrieved members of the community”, Alhaji Oare.

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