Governor Suspends 12 Monarchs For Visiting Buhari - THE ENCOUNTER NEWS


Thursday, August 13, 2020

Governor Suspends 12 Monarchs For Visiting Buhari

ANAMBRA - The battle of supremacy between Anambra Governor Willie Obiano and traditional rulers has heightened tension in the State.

Obiano suspended 12 more traditional rulers for visiting President Muhammadu Buhari last week.

He had suspended monarch of Ukwulu, Igwe Peter Uyanwa, over alleged petitions from his community.

He also withdrew the monarch’s certificate of recognition.

The one-year suspension clamped on the monarchs, according to a statement, was for embarking on a visit to President Muhammadu Buhari without consultation or approval from the Government.

The suspension was announced through a circular titled “Suspension of Twelve (12) Traditional Rulers in Anambra State,” dated August 11, 2020 by Commissioner for Local Government, Chieftaincy and Community Affairs, Mr. Greg Obi.

The affected monarchs are: Igwe Alex Edozieuno of Mkpunando; Igwe Mark Anthony Okonkwo of Alor; Igwe Chukuwma Bob Vincent Orji of Ezinifite; Igwe Engr G.B.C Mbakwe of Abacha; Igwe Chijioke Nwankwo of Nawfia and Igwe Nkeli Nelly of Igbariam.

Others were: Igwe Anthony Onyekwere of Owelle; Igwe A. N Onwuneme of Ikenga; Igwe Simon Ikechukwu Chidubem of Umumbo; Igwe S. O Uche of Ezira; Igwe Dr Emeka Ilouno of Ifitedunu and Igwe Peter Ikegbunem Udoji of Eziagulu Otu.

The suspension letter was copied to Obi of Onitsha, Alfred Achebe as chairman of the Council in Anambra; Commissioner of Police and the State Director, Directorate of security services DSS.

Obiano warned they should stop parading themselves as traditional rulers and desist from discharging their functions in their communities.

The circular also revoked their membership of Anambra State Traditional Rulers Council and cancelled any appointment they may be holding in government committees until the suspension is lifted.

The Nation

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