By Chibuike Nwabuko
Abuja (Sundiata Post) – Federal Capital Territory Administration, FCTA has suspended until further notice all Chieftaincy related appointments in the traditional institutions in the Territory.
The suspension followed series of complaints, petitions and legal tussles among interested parties.
FCT Administration disclosed this on Thursday in a statement signed by its Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Cosman Uzodinma.
According to the statement, “Following complaints, petitions and legal tussles among interested parties, the FCT Administration has suspended all Chieftaincy related appointments in the traditional institutions in the Territory”.
“Issues relating to the appointment and installation into traditional positions in the FCT have sometimes led to situations that are inimical to peaceful coexistence in some of these communities”.
The Administration added that “the provision of the FCT Chiefs (Appointment & Deposition) Act, 2007, empowers the FCT Minister to; upon the death , resignation or deposition of any Chief or Traditional Ruler’ approve as the successor to such office, any person appointed in that behalf by the persons charged with the responsibility of appointing persons to the office or Chief or Traditional Ruler in accordance with the provisions of any order made by the Minister after consultation with the Department of Local Government Administration”,
Therefore, all issues of appointments, installation and Turbanning of District, Village and Ward heads have been suspended until further notice, the statement said.