The Presbyterian Church of Nigeria has suspended indefinitely the deputy governor of Ebonyi State, Prof. Chigozie Ogbu, for alleged acts of insubordination and lawlessness capable of destabilizing the church and causing a breach of public peace.
Also suspended were the Commissioner for Works in Ebonyi State, Mr. Paul Okorie, Elder C. I. Ewa, Elder Jombo Ukoma, Mr. Odicha Ude, Rev. Ibiam Egwu Ukeni, Rev. Eze Nwonu Eze, Rev. Amarachi Nnachi Ukoma, Rev. Michael Ani, Rev. Aka Aka Ibiam, Rev. David Amaramo and Rev. Nze Nsie Eke. Rev. N. N. Eke was also removed from office as Secretary of the Church’s Board of Trustees, BoT.
The church took the decision at an emergency meeting of the General Assembly Executive Committee, GAEC, which was held at St. Peter’s Presbyterian Church, Umuahia, Abia State.
In a statement issued after the meeting, the Director of Information and Public Affairs of the church, Rev. Kalu Eme, said Prof. Ogbu and others were disciplined for violating their ordination and membership vows.
According to Rev. Eme, the anti-church activities of those disciplined included illegal induction of a minister of the church against the approval and procedure of the church and acts of threat and intimidation on the lives, property and employment of some ministers working in the Mid East Synod of the church, which comprises Afikpo/Unwana, Uburu, Onicha, Edda and Okposi Presbyteries.
The church has also petitioned the governor of Ebonyi State, Chief Martin Elechi, to use his good offices to restrain his suspended deputy, commissioner and their cohorts from further acts of intimidation and threat to the lives and work of non-indigenous ministers of the church in Mid-East Synod.