Governor Chukwuma Soludo of Anambra State recently presented certificates of recognition to four traditional leaders within the state. This event took place during a private ceremony held on Saturday at the government house in Awka.
During the certificate issuance, Governor Soludo highlighted the issue of unauthorized individuals assuming the roles of traditional rulers in various communities. He emphasized that such actions would no longer be tolerated and announced a new policy whereby offenders would face a six-month jail sentence.
According to a statement from the governor’s press secretary, Mr. Christian Aburime, the recipients of the certificates were: Igwe Mkpuorah Ngini of Isuaniocha in Awka North Local Government Area, Eze Augustine Nwangwu of Ajali in Orumba North Local Government, Igwe Alexander Azike of Igbo-ukwu, and Igwe Ikechukwu Ezeofor of Umuona, both in Aguata Local Government Area.
Governor Soludo explained that these traditional rulers were elected by their respective communities in accordance with the local constitutions. He noted that previous caretaker committees had negatively impacted the interests of many citizens. To address this, his administration had conducted over 110 elections within communities using the option A4 system.
He further emphasized that Anambra State operates under strict adherence to the traditional rulers’ law. Those who falsely present themselves as traditional rulers without the state’s recognition must cease such behaviour to avoid a jail term of six months, as prescribed by the law.
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