The suspension was contained in a press statement entitled: “Suspension from Office” dated May 15 and signed by the Secretary to the State Government, Dr Emmanuel Ekuwem, and made available to newsmen in Uyo on Thursday.
Ekuwem said the suspension was sequel to the chairman’s involvement in unauthorised recruitment of persons into the Unified Local Government Service, NAN reports.
“This is sequel to his involvement in an unauthorised recruitment of persons into the unified local government service. The suspension takes immediate effect pending the outcome of the state audit on recruitment exercise.
“To this end, appointment of those who benefits from the said recruitment are hereby declared null and void,” he said.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that with barely two weeks to the end of the governor’s first term, on Wednesday he also relieved the Commissioner for Agriculture and Food Sufficiency, Dr Uduak Udo-Inyang, of his appointment but no reason was stated.