Stephen Ukandu, Umuahia
Abia State Government, has sternly warned those behind plots to coronate
one Sarki Shehu Bello 11 as the Emir of Aba Emirate Council, describing the proposal as illegal.
The State Government in a terse statement Wednesday by the Secretary to State Government, SSG, Chris Ezem, a lawyer, threatened severe consequences against those behind the illegality.
According to the statement made available to Ikengaonline, there is nothing like Aba Emirate Council.
Government, therefore, warned those behind the move to retrace their steps or get ready to face the music.
It also appealed to Aba residents to remain calm as the matter is being sorted by Government.
Below is the full text of the statement:
“The attention of Government of Abia State has been drawn to a proposed coronation of one Sarki Shehu Bello 11 as the Emir of Aba Emirate Council without recourse to Government.
“Government wishes to warn all involved in this unauthorised and illegal coronation to stop forthwith or be prepared to face the full weight of the law.
“Government hereby directs the immediate cancellation of the proposed illegal coronation as there is nothing like Aba Emirate Council in the State.
“Government further warns all residents in the state especially those resident in Aba to be law abiding.
“Law enforcement agents have been directed to swing into action and ensure that no such event capable of breaching the existing peace in the state takes place in Aba or any part of the State.”
Aba, the economic centre of Abia State, is 99.9 per cent Igbo, and often regarded as the right hand of the Igbo nation.