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“Stop parading as traditional ruler” – Wike warns Ogoni chief

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Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has warned Chief Appolus Chu to stop parading himself as the One-eh, Eta Ogale of Eleme Local Government Area of the state.

Speaking during a meeting with the traditional rulers of Eleme Local Government Area on Wednesday at the Government House Port Harcourt, Governor Wike said a government recognised traditional ruler cannot be deposed without the involvement of the state government.

“It is illegal to remove a traditional ruler recognised by the state government. Government must be in the know before a government recognised traditional ruler is removed.

“By the official gazette Number 8, 26th May, 2015, Volume 51, the traditional rulers recognised by the government as One-Eh Ogale is HRH Godwin Bebee Okpabi.

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“Bebee did not support me, but I am doing this because of the law. Therefore, you cannot on your own remove a government recognised traditional ruler. Let’s not do what will cause crisis in Eleme Local Government Area,” he said.

Governor Wike informed the meeting that he has asked the chairman of the Rivers State Council of Traditional Rulers to formally protest to the National Council of Traditional Rulers on the issue.

He stated that if any community wanted to depose a government recognised traditional ruler, it must follow the laid down procedures.

“If the people of Ogale no longer want this man as a chief, they should take the right steps as provided by the law,” he said.

On the construction of the Eleme-Oyigbo Road, Governor Wike called on the chairman and traditional rulers of the area to ensure that the youths cooperate with the contractor to deliver the project without hindrance.

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He also charged traditional rulers to ensure that the promote security in the Kingdoms to avoid sanction.

In a remark, Chief Chu described himself as a peaceful man, saying that he would comply with the directive of the governor.


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