- An Anambra monarch, Igwe MacAnthony Okonkwo, has tendered an unreserved apology to Governor Obiano
- The monarch was one of the 12 monarchs suspended by Obiano on Friday, August 14
- Okonkwo was said to have admitted that he made an error by following his colleagues to visit the President Buhari in Aso Rock
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Barely Forty-eight hours after their suspension, one of the embattled 12 traditional rulers in Anambra state, Igwe MacAnthony Okonkwo of Alor community, has begged for forgiveness from Governor Willie Obiano.
The Nation reports that the monarch was quoted to have confessed his sins, asking the governor to forgive him.
Legit.ng gathered that Igwe Okonkwo who hails from Idemili South local government area of Anambra state, openly apologised to Obiano and the traditional rulers’ council for violating certain rules guiding the operation of monarchs in the state.
The newspaper said that other monarchs, however, insisted the governor has no right to meddle in their fundamental rights in any way as custodians of the people.
Obiano, had on Friday, August 14, clamped suspension on 12 of the monarchs for visiting President Muhammadu Buhari in Abuja.
Okonkwo of Alor, was among the 12 traditional rulers suspended for one year by the state government for travelling to Abuja reportedly with Prince Arthur Eze, an international oil magnate
The suspension was contained in a circular signed by the commissioner for local government, chieftaincy and community affairs, Greg Obi.
It said that the monarchs were suspended because they travelled outside the state without approval by the government.
But reacting at the weekend during a press conference in his palace, the Alor monarch admitted his wrongdoing and tendered an “unreserved apology” to Obiano
He said: “It was a serious slip on my part not to have informed the government about the trip to Abuja before embarking on it. I, therefore, tender an unreserved apology.”
Okonkwo denied the rumour that he was induced with money and gifts before agreeing to accompany Prince Eze to see President Buhari.
He said that the money he was seen counting was meant for his driver and other aides for their upkeep and wondered how somebody of his status who had made money before becoming a king would be accused of taking bribes.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that about twelve traditional rulers in Anambra state were handed suspension letter by Governor Obiano over their alleged visit to Abuja to meet President Muhammadu Buhari.
It was reported that the monarchs were suspended on Wednesday, August 12, with their punishment contained in a letter signed by Greg Obi, commissioner for local government, chieftaincy and community affairs.
In another report, detectives investigating the killing of Azubuike Ekwegbalu, a security aide to Governor Obiano was directed to look in the way of the traditional rulers in the state.
It was reported that anonymous police sources said that the detectives were asked to spread their dragnet on the monarchs.
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