Awka—Anambra State government has suspended the traditional ruler of Obosi, Igwe Josiah Nwakobi, in Idemili-North Local Government Area over the crisis that engulfed the community at the weekend.
The state government has also proscribed the youth association, Adike Peace Foundation, where the crisis emanated as a result of leadership tussle.
The suspension order and the proscription were contained in a statement, signed by the Secretary to the State Government, Mr Paul Odenigbo, in Awka yesterday.
It directed the traditional ruler to return his certificate of recognition to the Head of Administration of the council within 30 days.
It also enjoined the law enforcement agencies, especially the police, to ensure strict maintenance of law and order in the area.
The statement also asked the police to promptly arrest and prosecute any person or persons found disturbing public peace in the community.
Speaking on the crisis, Special Adviser to the Governor on Communication, Mr Chuks Iloegbunam, described the development as unfortunate.
Iloegbunam warned that the state government would not allow the prevailing peace in the state to be jeopardised by any group or association.
When contacted, the state’s Police Public Relations Officer, Mr Emeka Chukwuemeka, confirmed the incident at Obosi, and said the situation had been brought under control.
Chukwuemeka said that property, including houses, motor-cycles and cars worth millions of naira were vandalised, but that no life was lost.
He said that no arrest had been made as the matter was still being investigated by the police.