Reporter: Uche Ndeke
The Anambra State Government has suspended twelve traditional rulers in the area for traveling outside the State without Government approval. This was contained in a statement signed by the Commissioner for Local Government, Chieftaincy and Community Affairs, Mr Greg Obi.
According to the statement, the sanction which has been approved by the Governor was based on the resolution of Traditional Rulers Council of Anambra State on August 11, 2020, which recommended that the affected traditional rulers be sanctioned.
The statement says Governor Willie Obiano, by the powers conferred on him under section 10B of the Anambra State Traditional Rulers Law 1981, directed that the twelve traditional rulers be suspended for a period of one year. The statement notes that while the suspension lasts, the affected royal fathers will stop parading themselves as traditional rulers and cease from discharging the functions of such office in their various communities or elsewhere in the State and beyond.
It states that by the sanction, their membership of Anambra State Traditional Rulers Council is revoked and appointment into any Governmental committee rescinded. The Statement adds that the sanction may be lifted at the end of one year or renewed depending on Government review of the conduct of the affected traditional rulers.