Governor Emeka Ihedioha of Imo State has sacked the chairmen of all local government councils in the state with immediate effect.
The development came hours after Ihedioha suspended the chairmen of the 27 councils along with their deputies and councillors.
Also sacked are the chief executives of all statutory boards and parastatals in the state, heads of commissions, corporations and agencies as well as political appointees.
The state Independent Electoral Commission was also affected, where the chairman and members were all removed.
The directive was issued in a statement on Tuesday by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Chibuike Onyeukwu, which said, “The action is in the overriding public interest, and in order to give government an opportunity to execute the policies, programmes and agenda that brought it into power.
“Consequently, the chief executives are directed to hand over the affairs of their various establishments to the most senior civil servants.”
Onyeukwu said the sacking of the council bosses was in accordance with the provisions of sections 4, 5, and 6 of the Local Government Administration Law 2019 (as amended) and S.73(3) of the Imo State Local Government Administration Law No 15 of 2000 (as amended).
He said Ihedioha has appointed interim management committees for the councils.