The people of Katcha community in Katcha local government area of Niger state have warned the deputy governor, Ahmed Ketso to stop promoting crisis between them and Kpata-Katcha community.
They also drew the attention of the governor, Abubakar Sani Bello over the role being played by his deputy in the crisis between the communities.
The Secretary of Katcha Community Forum, Tijani Nda-Liman Katcha, at a press briefing in Minna on Saturday alleged that Ketso had been sponsoring the people of Kpata-Katcha as well as “forcefully marge Kpata-Katcha with Katcha community.”
“The State Deputy Governor, Alhaji Ahmed Mohammed Ketso is financing his people in Kpata-Katcha and trying to forcefully returned them back to our community. Ketso is trying to set ablaze the community by supporting one side as a leader who took an oath of office,” Nda-Liman alleged.
He appealed on the state governor to call his deputy to order, stressing that although Katcha community does not want Kpata-Katcha’s return, and that if they must return, they must abide with the laid down conditions and laws.
“The conditions include: that they must pay allegiance to Katcha local government and Katcha traditional ruler, they must apply to come to settle in the land, they must cast their votes under Katcha council as well their population figure must be under Katcha community.”
The Forum then called for government’s quick intervention to avoid repeat of the past crises in the area.
Recall that the crisis between the two communities had erupted following the inability to agree on the economic opportunities and revenue drive in the community, for which reason the Niger state governor set up a commission of inquiry to investigate.
The commission subsequently released a white paper for implementation.
But Nda-Liman noted that though Katcha people accepted the entire white paper and its implementation in good faith, the Kpata-katcha community has refused to accept.