Enugu suspends monarch over demolition of building belonging to visually impaired man

The Enugu State government has suspended Igwe Christopher Everestus Okwor as the traditional ruler of Ihekwuenu Aku Autonomous Community in the Igbo-Etiti Local Government Area of the state.

Okwor’s suspension is part of the outcome of a meeting the Commissioner for Chieftaincy Affairs, Dr Charles C. O. 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.

Dr Egumgbe said in a statement that the suspension “is in the interest of peace, order and good governance and compliance with Section (10b) of the Traditional Rulers Law, Cap 151, Revised Laws of Enugu State, 2004.”

Egumgbe 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.”

“Your suspension takes effect today, September 21, 2021, and would subsist pending the conclusion of the investigation by the relevant bodies,” he said.

The Enugu State government through an earlier statement issued by the Commissioner for Information, Nnanyelugo Chidi Aroh, had expressed 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.

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