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BREAKING NEWS: Abia State Governor Ikpeazu suspends Chief of Staff Indefinitely for spraying money on cleric

Abia State Governor, Okezie Ikpeazu, has suspended his Chief of Staff, Anthony Agbazuere. 

Chris Ezem, Secretary to the State Government, made the announcement in a statement on Sunday.
The suspension takes immediate effect. 

Although Mr Ezem did not give a reason for the suspension, a senior Abia government official said that Governor Ikpeazu decided to suspend Mr Agbazuere following a video which captured him spraying naira notes on a controversial Nigerian prophet, Odumeje, inside the Government House. 

The video was posted on Twitter. 

 “He shouldn’t have done that,” the official said, asking not to be named as he was not authorised to speak to journalists on the matter. 

“I can assure you that the governor wasn’t aware that Odumeje was even there (in Government House). The governor was away from the state when it happened,” he added. 

Nigerian elite are known to usually spray naira notes publicly to display affluence. 

Nigeria’s economy is currently in a recession. Such action by the now suspended Abia official, some commentators argue, underscores the insensitivity of some Nigerian public officials.

In his statement on Sunday, Mr Ezem did not specify the duration of the suspension.

Ezem said the Permanent Secretary, Government House, Alozie Odoemelam, will assume the Chief of Staff position until further notice. 

Last Wednesday when Ikpeazu approved payment of Consolidated Health Salary Scheme (CONHESS) for local government workers, Agbazuere signed the statement. 

He said the governor has also directed the resolution of arrears of salaries owed by some government parastatals. 

“It is also the position of government that workers will be paid by hand to checkmate debilitating and illicit sharp practices. 

“It is expected that health workers and others will reciprocate this goodwill of the Governor by putting in their best in the service of our State”, Agbazuere noted.

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