Igbo-Etiti Traditional Ruler Suspended Over Demolition Of Visually-Impaired Man’s House

ENUGU – The Enugu State government has announced the immediate suspension of the recognition of Igwe Christopher Everestus Okwor as the Traditional Rul­er of Ihekwuenu Aku Autono­mous Community in Igbo-Etiti Local Government Area of the state.

The suspension, according to a statement made available to journalists in Enugu on Tues­day by the Commissioner for Chieftaincy Affairs, Dr. Charles C. O. Egumgbe, “is in the interest of peace, order and good gover­nance and in compliance with Section (10b) of the Tradition­al Rulers Law, Cap 151, Revised Laws of Enugu State, 2004”.

Dr. Egumgbe, in the statement, told Igwe Okwor that “your Com­munity is presently in turmoil due to wanton destruction of property and threat to lives of the members of the community.”

The commissioner, who dis­closed that Igwe Okwor’s letter of recognition MCM/CM/98/ VOL.11/116 is dated January 28, 2008, added, “Your suspension takes effect today, September 21, 2021, and would subsist pending the conclusion of investigation by the relevant bodies.”

The suspension of Igwe Ok­wor is part of the outcome of the meeting Dr. Egumgbe held on Tuesday with the suspended Traditional Ruler and the Chair­man of Igbo-Etiti LGA, Hon. Mrs. Nkechi Ugwu-Oju, following the trending video of the demoli­tion of a two-bedroom building belonging to a visually impaired man in the community.

The Enugu State government through an earlier statement is­sued by the Commissioner for Information, Nnanyelugo Chidi Aroh, had expressed utter dis­may over the incident and the allegation of the involvement of the now suspended Traditional Ruler in the demolition as well as the negative effect of the devel­opment on the peace and securi­ty of the community, reassuring the people of Enugu State of its irrevocable commitment to their welfare as well as the peace and security of the state.

Source: African Housing News

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