In a recent development, the Abia State government has taken the decision to suspend the traditional ruler of Ibom Isii in Arochukwu Local Government Area, Eze Kanu Nwa Kanu, over allegations of office abuse.
The suspension was formally announced through a statement issued by Uzo Nwachukwu, the Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs. The suspension order, marked MLGCA /CH/S.5/5.4151, cited the monarch’s alleged violation of the Code of Conduct for Traditional Rulers and Autonomous Communities in Abia State.
The state government revealed the establishment of a disciplinary committee tasked with investigating the activities of the suspended traditional ruler. The committee is expected to provide advice to the government on the appropriate course of action in response to the allegations.
The suspension letter addressed to Eze Kanu stated, “You are hereby suspended from office as a traditional ruler, Ibom Isii, Arochukwu Kingdom, for flagrantly flouting the provisions of the Code of Conduct for Traditional Rulers in Abia State, and the Traditional Rulers and Autonomous Communities Law; via abuse of office and established cases of flagrant disregard of official directives of government.”
Sources from Arochukwu suggest that Eze Kanu’s alleged involvement in the recent crowning of a factional claimant to the throne of Eze Aro may have contributed to the suspension.