Abia State Chief of Staff to the Governor; Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu, Dr. Anthony Agbazuere has been suspended from office.
Agbazuere was suspended on Sunday afternoon in Abia State, by his boss in a statement issued on behalf of the governor by the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Barr. Chris Ezem.
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The Permanent Secretary, Government House, Mr. Alozie Odoemelam, has been directed to perform the duties of the office of Chief of Staff until further notice.
Though no reason was given for his suspension, unconfirmed reports have it that the suspension of Agbazuere may not have been unconnected with the recent invitation of a self-acclaimed Prophet, Dr. Chukwuemeka Ohanaemere popularly known as “Odumeje” to the State House.
A video which trended on social media at the weekend suspended Agbazuere was caught on camera spraying money on the Onitsha based prophet in his office, an action many who lambasted both the Chief of Staff and the Ikpeazu led government said was undeserving of a public office holder and a crucial stakeholder in the incumbent government in the state.
“The Permanent Secretary, Government House, Mr. Alozie Odoemelam, will perform the duties of the office of Chief of Staff until further notice,” the statement read.
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Meanwhile, the news of the suspension of Agbazuere has generated mixed reactions as many people said that it was a calculated attempt to unjustly push Agbazuere out of the government as those close to the government feared that he has been using his position to advance and alleged 2023 political ambition.
Others opined that it was a nice move by the Abia State government to clip the wings of a man that they accused of bringing the image of abuse of office.
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