- The auditor-general of Ebonyi, Innocent Nwida, has been suspended by the state government over his failure to resolve a communal clash
- Nwida's suspension, alongside some other state elected officials, was announced on Friday, April 12
- The development was disclosed by the commissioner for border, peace and Internal security, Kenneth Ugbala
The auditor-general of Ebonyi, Innocent Nwida, was on Friday, April 12, suspended from office by Governor David Umahi over communal crisis in the state.
Umahi also suspended other state officials from Igbeagu community in the Izzi local government area for the same reason, The Nation reports.
Meanwhile, Umahi had on Tuesday, April 9, suspended the chairmen of Ikwo and Abakaliki local government councils and all elected and appointed office holders from Enyibichiri in Ikwo and Enyigba in Abakaliki over a communal clash.
The commissioner for border, peace and Internal security, Kenneth Ugbala, disclosed the suspension that was triggered by a clash between people from Igbeagu Community Ukele community in Cross River.
Ugbala said: "The affected persons include the Auditor-General of the state, Mr Innocent Nwida, Mr Cletus Nwakpu, Project Coordinator of the FADAMA 3 programme and His Royal Highness, Ogbonnaya Ukwa, among other political office holders.
“The issue of whether the governor has the constitutional right to suspend the elected officers does not arise because they are constitutionally mandated to protect the lives and property of their people.
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“However, when an elected officer fails to perform this function, he has violated the constitution and should either resign, be suspended or charged to court.
“The courts would interpret such issues further and we are expecting such situations with this decision taken."
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that Umahi on Wednesday, March 13, chided the governorship candidate of the APC, Senator Sonni Ogbuoji, over allegation that he was making plans to join the ruling party.
In a statement through his chief press secretary, Emmanuel Uzor, Umahi wondered why Ogbuoji never resigned his membership of the PDP after joining the APC.
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