Otti parades big stick, announces suspension of top government officials in Abia

Abia state governor, Alex Otti, has issued a directive for the immediate suspension of permanent secretaries across Ministries, Agencies, and Departments (MDAs).

This was disclosed in a statement by the governor’s chief press secretary, Katie Oko on Thursday.

The statement further highlighted that the Head of Service has also been placed on suspension.

The statement reads, “Following the inauguration of the judicial panel of inquiry on the recovery of properties and funds belonging to Abia state government, the governor, his excellency, Dr. Alex Otti, OFR, has directed the immediate suspension of the Head of Service (HOS) and all permanent secretaries in the state civil service.”

“Consequently, the governor has approved the appointment of Lady Joy Maduka, Director, ministry of education, as acting Head of Service (HOS).

“All the permanent secretaries, except the following:

  1. John Pedro Iroakazi – Clerk of the House;
  2. Mrs. U. G. Uche Ikonne – solicitor general

are by this notice directed to hand over to the most senior Director in their respective Ministries, Departments and Agencies.

“This directive takes immediate effect.”