Chieftaincy-related appointments in Abuja suspended

Hudu Yakubu, Abuja

FCT Minister, Mohammed Bello

Nigeria’s Federal Capital Territory Administration has suspended all chieftaincy-related appointments for local traditional institutions.

The development was made public in a circular released by the FCT Permanent Secretary, Dr. Babatope Ajakaiye, following complaints, petitions, and legal tussles among interested parties.

The Administration said that issues relating to the appointment and installation into traditional positions in the FCT had sometimes led to situations that were inimical to the peaceful coexistence of some of these communities.

“It had become pertinent to emphasize the provision of the FCT Chiefs (Appointment & Deposition) Act, 2007, which states that “upon the death, resignation or deposition of any Chief or Traditional Ruler, of a kind referred in sub-section (1)of this section, the Minister may approve as the successor to such office of a Chief or Traditional Ruler as the case may be, by 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”, the circular stated.

According to the circular, appointments, installation and turbaning of District, Village and Ward heads, have been suspended until further notice.