Anambra State governor, Willie Obiano has suspended 12 traditional rulers in the state for making an official trip to Abuja, reportedly to meet President Muhammadu Buhari without permission from the state government.
The state government announced the suspension of the traditional rulers through a letter signed by the state Commissioner for Local Government, Chieftancy and Community Affairs, Greg I. Obi.
The traditional rulers were suspended for making a trip to the government house in Abuja alongside an unnamed politician in the state for reasons that did not go down well with the state traditional rulers council.
Announcing the suspension, the letter listed the following traditional rulers:
1. Igwe Alex Edozieuno of Mkpunando
2. Igwe Mark Anthony Okonkwo of Alor
3. Igwe Chukuwma Bob Vincent Orji of Ezinifite
4. Igwe Engr G.B.C Mbakwe of Abacha
5. Igwe Chijioke Nwankwo of Nawfia
6. Igwe Nkeli Nelly of Igbariam
7. Igwe Anthony Onyekwere of Owelle
8. Igwe A. N Onwuneme of Ikenga
9. Igwe Simon Ikechukwu Chidubem of Umumbo
10. Igwe S. O Uche of Ezira
11. Igwe Dr Emeka Ilouno of Ifitedunu
12. Igwe Peter Ikegbunem Udoji of Eziagulu Otu.
From the letter, the suspension took effect from Tuesday, August 11, 2020.
Obi through the letter warned the suspended traditional rulers not to parade themselves as traditional rulers and desist from discharging their functions as traditional rulers in their communities or anywhere within the state and beyond with immediate effect.
The membership of the affected traditional rulers in the Anambra State Traditional Rulers Council was also revoked while all appointments they may be holding in government committees are cancelled until the suspension is lifted.
From the letter, the suspension may be lifted after one year or renewed for more years.
The traditional rulers were suspended followed the recommendation of their colleagues in the Anambra State Traditional Rulers Council after their meeting at Prof Dora Akunyili Women Development Center Awka on Tuesday which condemned the actions of the Igwes.
The letter was copied to the Chairman of Anambra State Traditional Rulers Council, the Obi of Onitsha, Igwe Nnaemeka Achebe, the State Commissioner of Police, Director, State Security Services, Area Commands, Divisional Police Commissioners, Special Adviser to the Governor on Chieftancy and town union matters, members of Igwe cabinets, and the Secretary of JAAC.