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Commissioner sues ANSG over termination of appointment

By Osiberoha Osibe, Awka   
28 September 2021   |   2:57 am
A member of the Anambra State Universal Basic Education Board (ASUBEB), Dr. Peter Ekemezie has dragged some officials of Anambra State government to a Chief Magistrate Court of the state

Obiano. Photo: ABSRADIOTV

A member of the Anambra State Universal Basic Education Board (ASUBEB), Dr. Peter Ekemezie has dragged some officials of the Anambra State government to a Chief Magistrate Court of the state, over alleged wrongful termination of appointment.
The complainant, in the suit filed against the government officials accused them variously of perversion of justice, defamation and perjury. 

The suit marked MAW/QS/58/2021 has the Secretary to the Government, Prof. Solo Chukwulobelu, as a defendant.
The complainant accused the SSG of purported conspiracy with one Nwabufo Nwankwo of an act “to obstruct, prevent, pervert or defeat the course of justice by wrongfully terminating his statutory appointment as a member of ASUBEB, and thereby purportedly “committed an offence punishable under Section 155 of the Criminal Code Law, Cap. 36, Vol. II, Revised Laws of Anambra State.
He also filed the suit number MAW/QS/33/2021 for alleged defamation against the Commissioner for Education, Professor Kate Omenugha.
He claimed that Omenugha directed the Permanent Secretary to write a letter title; “Allegations of Certificate Forgery and Plagiarism” dated July 9, 2019, delivered to him, an action he claimed was taken in the false assumption of authority.

According to him, the act was injurious to his reputation and exposed him to hatred, contempt, ridiculed and damaged to his profession, which are offences punishable under Section 325 of the said Criminal Code.

Similarly, he accused the chairman of ASUBEB, Patrick Ejike Ugbaja of perversion of justice in suit number MAW/QS/66/2021, saying that he wrongfully terminated his appointment and committed an offence punishable under section 155 of the said Criminal Code.

He also alleged that the Senior State Counsel in the Ministry of Justice, Ms. Charity Chinyere Dominic committed perjury in charge No. MAW/QS/69/2021, for giving out false testimony in suit No. A/220/2021 and committed an offence punishable under Section 146 of the said Criminal Code.

Ekemezie had in a petition to the State Governor, Willie Obiano, who doubles as the Chairman of the State Executive Council drew the attention of the state governor “to the several breaches of the Code of Conduct in violations of Section 209 of the 1999 Constitution stipulated in Part 1 of the Fifth Schedule by the officers in the services of Anambra State Government for which they have been duly charged for alleged various criminal offences in the Chief Magistrate Court, Awka Division.”   

He urged Governor Obiano “to immediately remove those officers enmeshed in misconducts from their positions in line with extant laws to enable them to purge themselves of the criminalities for which they were charged.”