Gov Otti Bares His Fangs, Suspends Onyii Wamah, All Perm Secs; Retains Irokansi And Ikonne

By NewsCritic Reporters

Abia State Government led by Gov Alex Otti has announced the suspension of the state’s Head of Service, HoS, Sir Onyii Wamah and all the Permanent Secretaries in the state civil service. The government, however, retained the Clerk of the Abia State House of Assembly, John Pedro Iroakasi and the Solicitor General Mrs U.G Uche Ikonne.

Their suspension and removal were contained in a press released issued on Thursday 29, June 2023 and signed by Kazie Uko the Chief Press Secretary to the governor.

Earlier the governor had inaugurated a judicial Panel of Inquiry on the Recovery of Properties and Funds belonging to Abia State Government.

Press Release


Following the inauguration of the Judicial Panel of Inquiry on the Recovery of Properties and Funds belonging to Abia State Government, the Governor, His Excellency, Dr. Alex Otti, OFR, has directed the immediate suspension of the Head of Service (HOS) and all Permanent Secretaries in the State civil service.

Consequently, the Governor has approved the appointment of Lady Joy Maduka, Director, Ministry of Education, as Acting Head of Service (HOS).

All the Permanent Secretaries, except the following:

1. John-Pedro Irokansi – Clerk of the House;

2. Mrs. U. G. Uche Ikonne – Solicitor General

are by this notice directed to hand over to the most senior Director in their respective Ministries, Departments and Agencies.

This directive takes immediate effect.


Kazie Uko

Chief Press Secretary to the Governor

Abia State

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