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Imo: Mixed reactions greet reinstatement of LG bosses

By CHIDI NKWOPARA

OWERRI—THE reinstatement of the 27 elected local government chairmen and councilors in Imo State on the orders of the Appeal Court has continued to elicit reactions from stakeholders.

While the state Attorney General, Chief Soronnadi Njoku, berated the Federal Attorney General, Mr. Mohammed Adokie, SAN, for offering unsolicited advice to the state government, the reinstated chairmen accused Njoku of acting out the script of  All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, administration in the state.

According to Chief Njoku, “The Federal Attorney General has no moral justification to advice the state government to obey the Court of Appeal order since he has not advised his own government to obey the rule of law in the Justice Ayo Salami case.”

He  accused the police of playing more of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, politics than securing lives and property in the state, saying “the greatest challenge in the state is kidnapping, while Nigeria as a country is being faced with the menace of Boko Haram sect and the Nigeria Police has remained helpless in confronting these challenges.”

However, speaking, the elected chairmen noted that “the public debriefing of the Attorney General by the Governor confirmed that the Governor lacked confidence in the professional competence of his chief law officer, for which the latter ought to have resigned from office.”

the court for the erudite unanimous judgment, but quickly came out of court to file the processes he described as notice of appeal and motion for stay of execution.

Onuegbe said: “We do not know the Attorney General to be a magician. So, on which judgment did he base his purported notice of appeal and motion for stay of execution? Is it the same judgment he claimed ignorance of and as not having been served?”

The council chairmen equally alleged that since the judgment, huge resources of Imo State local governments were being expended in flagrant disobedience of the Court of Appeal judgment, stressing that “the processes for committal of every Imo State government official to prison for this criminal act is in progress”.


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