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Banish 12 Anambra monarchs over Abuja trip, Ngige asks Obiano


The Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige has urged the governor of Anambra State, Willie Obiano, to banish the twelve traditional rulers who went to Abuja seeking a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari.

Dr. Ngige said the action of the traditional rulers is reprehensible as it was undertaken without the state government’s authorisation.

The Labour/Employment Minister, in a telephone interview with Punch correspondent, weekend, said the monarchs’ suspension was not enough punishment.

He also asked Governor Obiano to punish oil magnate, Prince Arthur Eze, who led the monarchs on the trip, for what he described as sabotage.

He said, “When somebody is suspended from performing the functions of his office, it’s natural that he should be banned from being in that vicinity.

“Allowing him to stay around is risky because he is a threat to peace.

“In order to avert such a threat, he should be sent out to another place to prevent possible conduct likely to cause the breach of law and order in the vicinity.

“So, I advise the Anambra State government to relocate the 12 traditional rulers from their communities to avoid a situation likely to cause the breach of public peace.

“The businessman (Arthur Eze), who took them (monarchs) on the Abuja trip, should be punished for sabotage.”

However, a member of Prince Eze’s media team, who spoke on condition of anonymity, described Ngige’s call as baseless and ultra vires.

He said the state governor has no such powers to lay a finger on his principal.

It could be recalled that Obiano had suspended the twelve monarchs for one year because of the trip.

The state government had described the trip as an affront against it and a breach of the rules and protocols guiding traditional rulers in the state.

Obiano acted based on the recommendation of the chairman of the Association of Traditional Rulers and Obi of Onitsha, Igwe Alfred Anichebe.

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