Enugu govt suspends traditional ruler of Awkunanaw Community
Enugu State Government has withdrawn the Certificate of Recognition of Igwe Anthony Ogbodo Okorie as the Traditional Ruler of Amechi Awkunanaw Autonomous Community in Enugu South Council of the state, over the breakdown of law and order in the community.
In a statement issued by the Commissioner for Chieftaincy Matters, Dr. Charles O. C. Egumgbe, the state government condemned the recurring crisis in the community and expressed dismay that “all attempts at bringing peace to the community have been unsuccessful.”
Egumgbe told the suspended Igwe Okorie that law and order have indisputably broken down in his community leading to injuries to persons and property, stressing: “If not checked, the situation may worsen the security challenges in state.”
The commissioner pointed out that the actions and inactions of Okorie in the crisis were inconsistent with section 15 (d), (e), (f), (g), (h), (i) and (j) of the Traditional Rulers Law Cap 141, Revised Laws of Enugu State 2004.
“In consequence therefore, and pursuant to section 10 (a) and (b) of the Traditional Rulers Laws, Cap 141,Revised Laws of Enugu State 2004, the state government has suspended your recognition as the Igwe and Traditional Ruler of Amechi Awkunanaw Autonomous Community, Enugu South Council of Enugu State effective October 5, 2021.
“Take note that your suspension shall subsist pending the conclusion of investigations and its outcome,” the statement reads.