November 11, 2014

Anambra CJ sets up panel to probe allegations against impeached LG boss

By Vincent Ujumadu

Awka—ANAMBRA State chief judge, Justice Peter Umeadi, yesterday inaugurated a seven-man judicial panel to investigate allegations against the embattled chairman of Onitsha South Local Government Area, Lady Ann Chukwuneke, who was impeached last week by councillors over allegations of gross misconduct.

The 60-year-old Chukwuneke, who is the only female council boss of the 21 in the state, was removed while she was away on official duty in Abuja.

The panel, which has three months to submit its report, has Mr. Linus Nweke, as chairman, with Messrs Ifeanyi Nnaobi, Emeka Ogugua, Anselm Aforka, Charles Okafor, Paul Orjiewulu and Peter Ogudebe, who will serve as secretary.

12 councillors out of 17 in the local government had signed the chairman’s notice of impeachment, listing six offences allegedly committed by her.

The allegations included that “She allegedly siphoned monies accruing to the council through revenue collection which, according to section 12, sub-section 2 and section 13, sub- section 1 of the 1999 local government law, were meant to be paid into revenue account of the council, she failed to render monthly statement of income and expenditure to the council for examination and necessary debate as provided in section 43 sub section 1 of the 1999 local government law amended in 2000; and she neglected the decisions of the legislative council on 14th August, 2014 by giving assent to approval on 15th August to an illegal taskforce whose functions as described in the appointment letter, conflicts with the functions established in the OSTA bill passed by the legislative council which resulted in great disorder of the entire council.”