- Three traditional rulers in Anambra state have been sacked by the state government
- Greg Obi, Anambra state's commissioner for chieftaincy affairs, asked the sacked monarchs to return their certificates of recognition
- One of the affected monarchs, however, said he has not been notified, insisting that he remains a monarch
The Anambra state government on Friday, December 18, announced the dethronement of three traditional rulers.
Daily Trust reports that the affected monarchs are Igwe Chijioke Nwankwo of Nawfia, Igwe Anthony Onyekwere of Owelle and Igwe G. B. C Mbakwe of Abacha.
Legit.ng gathers that the traditional rulers' certificates of recognition were also withdrawn by the state government.
According to Daily Trust, the sacked monarchs were amongst the 12 rulers who were earlier suspended for visiting Abuja to meet President Muhammadu Buhari without the state government’s approval.
The state's commissioner for local government, chieftaincy and community affairs, Greg Obi, directed the monarchs to submit their certificates of recognition to the secretaries of their local government areas.
Meanwhile, the suspension five of the 12 suspended monarchs have been lifted by the state government while three others are under review.
Reacting to the development, the traditional ruler of Nawfia, Igwe Chijioke Nwankwo, said he had not been notified by the state government about the development.
“We are in court on this issue with an injunction that the state government should not act on the matter in any form or manner within the pendency of the case.”
He said nobody can remove him as he still remains the Igwe of Nwafia.
In another report, Alor community, the hometown of Dr Chris Ngige, the minister of labour and employment, has alleged a plot to hire thugs to cause violence over the call to banish its monarch, Igwe MacAnthoy Okonkwo.
The community, pleading that the thugs should be stopped, asked security agencies to come to their aid in a petition sent to Anambra state governor, Willie Obiano, commissioner of police and Department of State Security.
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