Unlawful, forceful removal of Chiefs now attract arrest and prosecution in Bayelsa

Create: 01/18/2017 - 13:16

The Bayelsa State Government has directed the arrest and prosecution of persons and groups, who engage in the unlawful and the forceful removal of duly recognized chiefs in the State.

The Bayelsa State Government has directed the arrest and prosecution of persons and groups, who engage in the unlawful and the forceful removal of duly recognized chiefs in the State.
Handing down this directive in a statement, the State Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Barrister Kemasuode Wodu noted with serious concern reports of arbitrary removal of chiefs that are duly recognized by the State Governor by youth groups and other persons.

He pointed out that, by virtue of the Chieftaincy Law of Baelsa State, only the State Governor is vested with the powers to remove a recognized Chief from office in accordance with due-process, stressing that, any attempt to unlawfully remove a duly recognized Chief or hold out any other person in place amounts to a criminal offence under sections 28n and 29 of the Chieftaincy Law Cap C4.
Barrister Wodu further explained that, any such purported removal or dethronement and appointment of another person in his place is not only ineffectual, but also null and void, under the Chieftaincy laws of the State.