Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State and Minister of State (Education), Prof. Anthony Anwukah shamed by High Court as Court affirms Ilomuanya monarch

www.odogwublog.com reports that the duo of Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State and Minister of State (Education), Prof. Anthony Anwukah were shamed by an Owerre High Court which affirmed erstwhile Chairman of Imo State council of traditional rulers, Eze Cletus Ilomuanya.
An Owerri high court has fined the Minister of State (Education), Prof. Anthony Anwukah, N2million for his role in the purported dethronement of erstwhile Chairman of Imo State council of traditional rulers, Eze Cletus Ilomuanya; just as it declared the action as null and void.
Eze Ilomuanya has been enmeshed in a running battle with Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State over his purported dethronement as the traditional Ruler of Obinugwu Autonomous Community in Orlu Local Government Area of Imo State.
Further, the court declared that Ilomuanya remains the lawful and recognized traditional Ruler of Obinugwu Autonomous Community in Orlu Local Government Area of Imo State, saying the purported withdrawal of the monarch’s certificate of Recognition and Staff of Office by Governor Rochas Okorocha is void.
Justice Chikeka frowned at the purported dethronement of Ilomuanya via a press release issued by the then Secretary to the Imo State Government now Minister of State (Education), Prof. Anthony Anwukah, and ordered the Minister to pay Ilomuanya N2 million as compensation while the governor should pay the monarch N50,000 as cost.
Justice Chikeka said apart from breaching Law N0.6 of 2006 and violating various court orders restraining the Governor or his assigns from actions that will truncate Eze Ilomuanya’s tenure as chairman of Imo State Council of Ndi-Eze; the Press Release Prof. Anwukah issued dethroning Eze Ilomuanya is not a lawful instrument of authority and therefore “null and void” because it violates the express provisions of Law No. 6 of 2006.

“The actions of the Governor offends section 36 of the 1999 Constitution. Similarly, sections 13 and 14 (1) of Law No. 6 of 2006 provide conditions precedent in section 14 (1) (a-h) before the governor can exercise his powers. It was wrong for the governor to have acted as he did when the Court of Appeal judgment of July 5, 2013 was still subsisting same for the pending appeal at the Supreme Court. The entire objections of the governor are misconceptions of Law”, the Court maintained.
Since 2011 when the battle ensued, Eze Ilomuanya has secured nine orders in his favour against Okorocha’s unlawful conducts against him and the traditional institution in Imo State.

Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State and Minister of State (Education), Prof. Anthony Anwukah shamed by High Court as Court affirms Ilomuanya monarch Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State and Minister of State (Education), Prof. Anthony Anwukah shamed by High Court as Court affirms Ilomuanya monarch Reviewed by Odogwu Emeka Odogwu on Thursday, April 27, 2017 Rating: 5

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