By Simon Ebegbulem
ENUGU—Suspended Chairman of Enugu West Traditional Rulers Council and Traditional Ruler of Amadim-Olo, Ezeagu council of Enugu State, His Majesty, Hayford Agana, has threatened to drag Enugu State government to court over the withdrawal of his certificate of recognition.
The monarch said he would demand N20 million as damages from the state government for the embarrassment caused him on account of the withdrawal of his certificate of recognition should the government fail to reverse same.
The state government in a letter by the Commissioner for Chieftaincy Matters, Pastor Emeka Abugu, had suspended the monarch over alleged refusal to hand over “assets of Enugu West Traditional Rulers Council, a Toyota Bus and sum of one million naira to the new executive, despite appeals from the council and Ministry.”
Abugu said in the letter that the suspension took effect from last month.
In a letter addressed to the Secretary to the State Government in which the monarch conveyed his intention to sue the government, he stated that the vehicle in question and the one million naira were personal gifts to him by the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu.
Explaining that the bus was not the property of Enugu West Traditional Rulers Council, the monarch, who attached the receipts of purchase and other transactions concerning the bus, said it was in appreciation of his support to the Deputy Senate President.
He added that the one million naira which he (Ekweremadu) gave him on the day of delivery for maintenance was equally shared with other traditional rulers.
He narrated in the letter by his counsel, Peter Eze, that Governor Sullivan Chime had in 2013 convened a meeting of all recognised traditional rulers in the state, where he dissolved the zonal executives of the council and appointed new ones, adding that Igwe Samuel Uka was appointed to succeed him.