Ebonyi: Gov Umahi orders immediate suspension of Aide over alleged gross misconduct

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Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi State has ordered the immediate suspension of one of his Special Assistants, Collins Eze, over alleged gross misconduct.

The governor gave the order in a statement issued to newsmen in Abakaliki by the Secretary to the State Government/Coordinating Commissioner, Ugbala Kenneth Igwe.

According to the statement, “The Governor of Ebonyi State, David Umahi, has ordered the immediate indefinite suspension of the Special Assistant to the Governor on EAs STAs and TAs Affairs, Mr Collins Eze from office for acts of gross misconduct”.

The governor also withdrew the state honours conferred on the embattled aide recently.

The statement said, “As a direct consequence of this indefinite suspension, His Excellency, the Governor has, in the exercise of his powers as enshrined in the State Honours Law, 2022, approved the cancellation and withdrawal of the honours award recently given to Eze by the state government.”

Governor Umahi also directed Eze “to hand over all government property in his possession to the Secretary to the State Government and Coordinating Commissioner before the close of work on Wednesday, December 28, 2022″.

In a swift reaction, Eze said it was a minor issue that existed between him and the governor, adding that the suspension will be called off.