The Oji River Traditional Rulers Council has suspended Igwe Godwin Madu, the former Chairman of the body.
In a communique at the end of their embattled meeting which reconvened after the invasion of Oji River Local Government Headquarters by hired thugs the Council said “…they resolved that HRM Igwe Godwin Madu has been suspended indefinitely from participation in all the Council activities”
The communique described how their peaceful meeting was disrupted by thugs allegedly acting on the instructions of Igwe Madu who they said did nothing but “rather applauded them while those thugs/hoodlums carried on their ugly assignment which he masterminded”
The Royal Father’s concluded by moving a Vote of Confidence on Governor Ugwuanyi for what they described as ” his peace mantra, developmental strides, astute leadership and good governance in Enugu State”.
Below is the full text of the communique
Meanwhile more facts of what happened after the disruption of the Traditional Rulers meeting on Friday has emerged.
Some of the Traditional Rulers who were assaulted by the thugs said that the arrival of policemen from both the Oji Police Area Command and Division saved the day as the thugs took to their heels while some including their leader known as Obinna Onwualarude aka Obiadada were promptly arrested.
A local Government staffer who pleaded anonymity told Signature TV that the number of thugs allegedly brought into the Council by Igwe Madu was alarming.
“We saw him standing there and dishing out orders to the thugs but the one that annoyed everyone was when he ordered the beating of one elderly traditional ruler while he watched the humiliation”.
“Thank God for the arrival of the Police because Igbudu would not have survived to tell the story as council workers and the traditional rulers wanted to mob him when the traditional rulers regrouped after the attack. We were so ashamed of him. Is it by force that you lead people?” He asked
Signature TV learnt that after the intervention of the Police the parties were invited to the Police Area Command in Oji where statements were taken.
It is not clear whether the assaulted Traditional Rulers are pressing charges against Igwe Godwin Madu and some of the hoodlums arrested by the Police.