Sequel to the ill-advised trip embarked on by some Traditional rulers to Abuja without consultation nor approval from the Anambra state government, Governor Willie Obiano has suspended the erring Igwes for a period of one year.
This suspension was contained in a circular titled “Suspension of Twelve (12) Traditional Rulers in Anambra State,” and dated Tuesday, August 11, 2020.
Furthermore, according to Mr. Greg Obi, the Commissioner for Local Government, Chieftaincy and Community Affairs, the affected traditional rulers include: 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; Igwe Nkeli Nelly of Igbariam; 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.
Consequently, the suspension which took effect from Tuesday, August 11 means that the affected parties have had their membership of the Anambra State Traditional Rulers Council revoked. Also, all appointments they hold in government committees have been canceled until the suspension is lifted.
In addition, the circular 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 suspension of the Igwes followed the recommendation of their colleagues in the Anambra State Traditional Rulers Council.
The suspension may be lifted at the end of one year, renewed or upgraded in the intervening period depending on the government’s review of the conduct of the errant royal fathers.