The Ebonyi State governor, David Umahi, has suspended the caretaker committee chairman of Ikwo Local Government Area, Joseph Orogwu, for allegedly demolishing a church.
The Commissioner for Information, Emmanuel Onwe, disclosed this Friday.
Mr. Onwe, who said the suspension was immediate and indefinite, noted that the chairman had been directed to hand over to the next senior officer in the council.
PREMIUM TIMES reliably gathered that a branch of Believers Love World INC aka Christ Embassy Church in front of the Federal University, Ndufu Alike Ikwo (FUNAI), was demolished recently by some agents of the government.
The governor is a staunch member of the Christ Embassy Church and one of its major financiers in the state.
When contacted, the chairman denied involvement in the demolition.
He said on the day of the demolition he received a call that some people were demolishing the church.
“I quickly dashed to the scene and when I got there I met some men carrying out the demolition,” the suspended chairman said.
“When I accosted them, they said they were staff of Abakaliki Capital Territory Development Authority (ACTDA) and were doing their duty.”
He said he tried calling the Chairman of the Board of ACTDA, Fred Udogu, but his phone was switched off.
Mr. Udogwu refused to comment on the issue.
“I am yet to get details of what transpired so I can’t comment until I get the full details”, he told PREMIUM TIMES.
Mr. Orogwu’s suspension is the fourth suspension of a government official by the governor in his about nine-month old administration.