Umahi of Ebonyi State
has suspended Mr Joseph
Orogwu, the caretaker
committee chairman of
Ikwo local government area
of the state from office, for
demolishing a church.
The state Commissioner
for Information and State
Orientation, Sen. Emmanuel
Onwe, made this known
on Friday while briefing
newsmen on the outcome of
the State Executive Council
Onwe said that the chairman
was directed to handover
all government property in
his possession to the vice
chairman of the council.
“The suspension is
authorised by the governor
as the demolition is
coming at a time the
state government is in a
productive partnership
with churches.”
Meanwhile, the
commissioner noted that
the State Executive Council
also received the report
of the committee set up to
investigate the activities
of Dr Emmanuel Utobo,
during his tenure as the
state Director of Sports.
“The committee operated
through a mechanism
designed to ensure
transparency, fairness and
due process and made
“The council deliberated
on the recommendations
and referred them to the
Head of Service to ensure
that civil service rules were
judiciously applied.
“It will ensure that
stipulated disciplinary
measures are taken against
those found guilty of
embezzling government
funds, to serve as a deterrent
to others,” he said.
The suspended chairman,
in an interview with the
News Agency of Nigeria,
NAN, claimed that he
was not responsible for
the demolition of the said
“I met some people at
the church’s site and when
I enquired of their mission,
they said they were ordered
by the Abakaliki Capital
Territory Development
Board, ACTDB, to demolish
the church. I am presently
with the committee
inspecting lands allocated
for rice production in the
council, as I have not been
contacted about the said
suspension,” he said.
When contacted, Chief
Fred Udogu, Chairman of
ACTDB, said that he was on
his way to the Government
House, Abakaliki, and
declined further comments
on the matter. NAN

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