The Anambra State Governor, Willie Obiano, has approved the suspension of 12 traditional rulers in the state over alleged misconduct.
The state Commissioner for Local Government, Chieftaincy and Community Affairs, Mr. Greg Obi, who disclosed this in a statement on Thursday, said the suspended monarchs travelled out of Anambra without government approval.
He added that the suspension would be for an initial period of one year and took effect on Tuesday.
Obi said the governor invoked the Anambra Traditional Rulers Law of 1981 to justify the monarchs’ suspension.
The suspended monarchs were – Igwe Alex Edozieuno of Mkpunando, Igwe Mark-Anthony Okonkwo of Alor, Igwe Chukuwma Orji of Ezinifite, Igwe G.B.C Mbakwe of Abacha, Igwe Chijioke Nwankwo of Nawfa and Igwe Nkeli Nelly of Igbarim.
Others were Igwe Anthony Onyekwere of Owelle, Igwe A. N. Onwuneme of Ikenga, Igwe Ikechukwu Chidubem of Umumbo, Igwe S. O. Uche of Ezira, Igwe Emeka Ilouno of Ifitedunu and Igwe Peter Ikegbunem Udoji of Eziagulu.
He said: “During the sanction period, you are required to stop holding yourselves out as traditional rulers and to cease from discharging traditional rulers’ functions in your communities or elsewhere in the state and beyond.
“This sanction may be lifted at the end of one year or renewed or upgraded in the intervening period depending on the government’s review of your conduct.
“By this sanction, membership of Anambra State Traditional Rulers Council is revoked, furthermore any appointment in other government committee is hereby rescinded.”