Makurdi - The Chairman of the Benue State House of Assembly Standing Committee on Local Government, Security and Chieftaincy Affairs has decried the arbitrary removal of traditional rulers in the state.
Benjamin Nungwa told newsmen on Thursday in Makurdi that arbitrary removal of traditional rulers without recourse to lawmakers was unacceptable.
"From our findings, traditional rulers were removed without recourse to due process; we found this unacceptable.''
The lawmaker called for the reinstatement of all traditional rulers who were suspended or removed from office since June this year.
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Nungwa said, however, that his call did not include first class chiefs, whose appointments were nullified by courts.
He said that any traditional ruler found wanting should be reported to the Bureau for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs and the House of Assembly.
"It is those institutions that are empowered to investigate cases and impose sanctions where necessary,'' he explained.