The Delta State Government has suspended with an immediate effect, the king of Umukwata kingdom, His Majesty, Friday Abaja, Ukwata 1 for alleged “acts inimical to peace, order and good governance.”
Naija News reports that the state government on Tuesday, April 2, handed over a six months suspension letter to the traditional ruler.
A query/suspension letter signed by J.N. Egwahor, Permanent Secretary, Directorate of Chieftaincy Affairs, on behalf of the Deputy Governor, noted that; “In the exercise of its powers as stated in part IV, section 28(1) of the Traditional Rulers Council & Chiefs Law 2008 as amended, Your Majesty, Friday Abaja, Ukwata 1 of Umukwata Kingdom, Ukwuani Local Government Area of Delta State is hereby suspended by the State Government for a period of 6 (six) months in the first instance with immediate effect”.
The monarch was further required to explain in clear terms, “within 7 days of receipt of this letter why a more severe sanction should not be imposed on you.”
Copies of the letter were said to have been circulated to the Chairman of Ukwuani Local Government Area, the Ukwuani Traditional Committee and the Chairman of Delta State Traditional Rulers Council.