Friday, 28 November 2014

How Former Boss of Onitsha South LGA was dragged out

A heavy drama played out Monday at the Onitsha South Local Government Headquarters, Woliwo, Onitsha when a combined team of the Police from various Police Division in Onitsha led by the Area Commander, Benjamin Wordu forcefully dragged the embattled Local Government chairman who was impeached by twelve out of the seventeen councilors into a waiting Police Van.

As early as 7.30 am yesterday morning movement of people in the council headquarters was restricted as Police cordoned –off the entire street leading to the Local Government in readiness of a forceful removal  of the former council Boss who has been facing enormous  crisis with her councilors about a month now.

Last Friday, twelve councilors out of the seventeen councilors in the council impeached the former Chairman, Lady Ann Chukwuneke who hails from Agulu, the same town with the former state Governor, Mr. Peter Obi.

On the same day the former council boss had allegedly gotten a court injunction from an Awka High Court purportedly restraining anybody or any institution from interfering with her duties pending the determination of the substantive suit.

However, due to the alleged court order the embattled chairman arrived the council Headquarters with some widows who are mainly her supporters to continue with her duties as a local government boss.

To the surprise of onlookers, including the council staff a team of Policemen in company of other female Police officers went into the office of the embattled boss and dragged her down stairs as she was said to have refused to vacate her office. She was immediately dragged into a waiting Police Hilux van and whisked away to an unknown destination.

A few minutes after the incident the state commissioner for Local Government Affairs, Mrs. Azuka Enemuo and the Attorney-General and Justice Commissioner, Mr. Anali Chude both drove into the council headquarters with the new chairman of the Onitsha South, Hon. Alex Egbuna Achebe who was the Deputy chairman of the Local Government before his present elevation.

It took some young men and party supporters about thirty minutes to break into the office of the former chairman with debris of the destruction still lying on the floor.

Addressing the press after the incident, the state Commissioner for Local Government Affairs, Mrs. Azuka Enemuo said that the action was in line with the principle of democracy as recent development in the area was expected to bring about positive changes in the local government.

While the Attorney – General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Chude told reporters that the purported court order from the Federal High Court, Awka, had been properly examined, stressing that the order never restrained the new chairman, Egbuna Achebe from performing his functions as a chairman.  



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