The newly announced paramount ruler of Calabar South LGA, HRM Etubom Nyong Effiom Okon has promised that the long-eluded peace in the area will return.
Effiom also promised that he will work with the state government agencies to bring lasting peace and harmony to the people and residents of Calabar South LGA.
He made the pledge soon after he was announced by the Chairman of the state Traditional Rulers Council, Etinyin Dr. Etim Okon Edet at the state Traditional Rulers chambers in Calabar.
He emphasised that the days of increased crime, including cultism, kidnapping and armed robbery are over.
He maintained that it is now time to create room for economic growth and positive development in the area, allegedly renowned for petty crimes.
During the preparation for the last party primaries in the state in June 2022, the state Governor, Prof Ben Ayade dethroned the former paramount ruler, HRH Prof Hogan Itam for allegedly attending a PDP meeting in the home of former governor Donald Duke to select a party candidate.
However, a lower court in the state countered the sack and the state government proceeded to the Appeal Court.
The state chairman of the traditional rulers’ council said the appointment of Effiom is in line with the state’s traditional rulers law.
Edet explained that the law is very explicit in the process for the selection of a warrant chief which must be strictly under the auspices of the government unlike the selection of a tribal chief which can be done in a shrine.
He also cautioned against the rift between the Efut people in both Calabar South LGA and Odukpani LGA, urging them to restrain from unnecessary antagonistic postures.
He maintained that the state traditional rulers law does not provide that once a person is made the Muri Munene of Efut, he automatically becomes a paramount ruler in another local government outside his native local government of origin.
He further explained that the position of Muri Munene of Efut tribe or the Ndidem of the Quas tribe is merely a tribal thing but can not make them warrant chiefs because the government cannot dabble in their selection process which is often done in a close circuit, limited to eligible members only.