2 February 2012

Nigeria: Plateau - Three Removed LG Chiefs Petition NSA

Jos — Three local government chairmen removed from office by the Plateau State government have petitioned the National Security Adviser, Gen. Andrew Azazi, to intervene in the matter because the act is a threat to peace and security in Plateau.

Chairman of Bokkos, Iliya Amagon, that of Langtang South, Hitler Fankun Dadi and Brian Dadi of Langtang North who signed the petition said the state governor removed them from office when their tenure had not ended.

The petitioners said they are entitled to a three-year tenure commencing from the date of swearing in as provided by the Plateau State Local Government law and called on the NSA to intervene and prevail on the state government to reinstate them to enable them complete their tenure.

"We write to draw your attention to the activities of Governor Jonah David Jang which are capable of setting the state aflame," they wrote in the petition copied to heads of security agencies in the state.

The three embattled chairmen explained that the duration of their tenure was further emphasized by a High Court judgment in Suit No. PLD/J31/2010, given on the 5th of July, 2010, where it was stated, among others, that the tenure is for 3 years, and the three years starts to count on the date of taking of oaths of allegiance and office.

They said they were removed from office by the state governor when they were barely two years in office "in utter defiance of this and the enabling local government laws of the state.

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