Amaechi sacks Obio-Akpor councillors, chairman


Rotimi Amaechi, Governor, Rivers State.

Okafor Ofiebor/Port Harcourt

Forty eight hours after a Port Harcourt High Court reinstated Timothy Nsirim, the Chairman and 17 Councillors of Obio-Akpor Local Government Council, Governor Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, avoiding legal traps, has now formally dissolved the Council, with effect from 28 November.

In a Government statement announcing the dissolution and endorsed by Mr George D.N. Feyii,Secretary to the Rivers State Government,SSG, and made available to P.M. NEWS at about 10.45pm, the Governor carried out the dissolution in exercise of the powers conferred on him by the Rivers State Local Government Law, 2012.

According to the statement, the Chairman of Obio/Akpor Local Government Council is hereby directed to handover to the Head of Personnel Management of the Council immediately.

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Justice Iyayi Lamikanran had invalidated the earlier dissolution of the same council because due process was not followed, by appointing a caretaker committee to take over the affairs of the council.

Now, Governor Amaechi has avoided the legal booby trap by asking the management of the Council to hand over to the Head of Personnel Management instead of a Caretaker Committee.

The Rivers State House of Assembly, had on April 23 2013,suspended the Chairman, Vice Chairman and the 17 councillors of Obio Akpor Local Government Area over allegations of abuse of public funds and breach of security.

The House, which also froze the account of the council, called on the state government to immediately appoint a Caretaker Committee to run the affairs of the council until investigations into the allegations were concluded.

Mr. Nyesom Wike, minister of state for education, was former two-term chairman of the council.