The Delta State Government on Tuesday, April 1, 2019, handed a Six months suspension, with immediate effect to His Majesty, Friday Abaja, Ukwata 1 of Umukwata Kingdom for alleged “acts inimical to peace, order and good governance.”
A query/suspension letter signed by the Permanent Secretary, Directorate of Chieftaincy Affairs, J.N. Egwahor, on behalf of the Deputy Governor, noted: “In the exercise of it’s powers as stated in part IV, section 28(1) of the Traditional Rulers Council & Chiefs Law 2008 as amended, Your Majesty, Friday Abaja, Ukwata 1 of Umukwata Kingdom, Ukwuani Local Government Area of Delta State is hereby suspended by the State Government for a period of Six months in the first instance with immediate effect.”
The monarch was “further required to state”, in writing to the Office of the Deputy Governor, “within seven days of receipt of this letter why a more severe sanction should not be imposed on you”.
Copies of the letter were said to have been circulated to the Chairman of Ukwuani Local Government Area, the Ukwuani Traditional Committee and the Chairman of Delta State Traditional Ruler Council.