Obiano lifts ban on three suspended traditional rulers in Anambra

Anambra State Governor, Willie Obiano has lifted the ban on the suspension of three traditional rulers in the state.

The three traditional rulers were among the 12 suspended in September this year for allegedly travelling out of their domain to Abuja, without seeking permission to do so.

The monarchs had joined billionaire oil mogul, Arthur Eze on a trip to Abuja to visit President Muhammadu Buhari.

Obiano who was then at feud with the Eze’s for accusing him of shortchanging monarchs in the state brought the hammer down on the monarchs for what many thought could be insubordination to him by the monarchs.

But in a statement signed by the Commissioner for Local government and Chieftaincy Matters, Mr. Greg. Obi, dated 31st December 2020, the governor lifted the one-year suspension slammed on three of the traditional rulers involved.

Commissioner Obi wrote, “His Excellency, Governor Willie Obiano in a new year act of magnanimity has decided to lift the suspension of three traditional rulers.

“The affected Igwes are: Igwe NN. Kelly Nkeli – Igbariam, Igwe Dr. Emeka Ilouno – Ifitedunu, Igwe Peter Uyanwa – Ukwulu.”

The statement further directs that the lifting of the ban takes effect immediately.

The state government has previously announced the removal of some of the traditional rulers who embarked on the trip, including Igwe Chijioke Nwankwo of Nawfia Community, who has also gone to court to challenge his removal.

Nwankwo in a recent interview with DAILY POST said the governor had no powers to remove him as he has neither offended culture nor the people, two reasons he said were stipulated in the traditional rulers act as reasons any monarch could be removed.

Nwankwo urged the state government to immediately reinstate him.

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