Elechi Suspends Attorney General, Two Commissioners For Improper Dressing

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The
Ebonyi State Governor, Martin Elechi, yesterday suspended the Attorney General
and Commissioner for Justice, Dr Ben Igwenyi, with two other commissioners for
improper dressing.
A
statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Onyekachi Eni, named
the two commissioners as Hyacinth Ikpo,
Commissioner
for Culture and Tourism and Mr. Chukwuma Nwandiugo, (Works and Transport).

The
commissioners were said to have dressed casually to a state banquet organised
for the members of the Society of Gynaecologists and Obstetrics of Nigeria
(SOGON) at the Government House on Friday night.

According
to the statement, the suspension was for a period of three months. The
statement further directed the commissioners not to attend any state function
throughout the duration of their suspension.
The
governor was said to have been enraged by the commissioners’ lacklustre
dressing to the occasion which had in attendance members of SOGON from various
states of the federation which seemed to portray a bad image of the state in
the eyes of the visitors.
Sources
close to Government House revealed that the suspension is without pay, adding
that the commissioners have been directed to hand over all government
properties in their possession to their permanent secretaries.
When
our correspondent visited the official residence of one of the commissioners,
hundreds of men and women especially from his hometown were seen in clusters
discussing the suspension and a possible solution to the problem.
One
of the early callers, Mr. Ifeanyi Chukwu, said the announcement came to them as
a big surprise. “Our son since his appointment has been dressing in a manner
that portrays him as a man of high integrity. He has represented the state
government at many functions and what happened may be a little oversight.”

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