Governor Charles Soludo has suspended the transition committee chairman of Nnewi North Local Government Area of Anambra State, Hon Mbazulike Iloka for allegedly beating his wife to death last Sunday.
According to the reports, the deceased, Chidiebere, reportedly slumped and died on a fateful day after serving her husband food.
His culpability over the death of his wife is not unconnected with his routine beating of his wife before the death, a resident of the area told our correspondent on condition of anonymity.
Police sources said they had commenced investigations into the matter.
As a result, Hon Iloka was directed to step down until investigations into the matter were concluded. The directive by Gov Charles Soludo was contained in a statement signed by Mr. Tonycollins Nwabunwanne, commissioner, local government, chieftaincy, and community affairs, Anambra State.
‘Letter of Suspension From Officer’, read, “Following the sad and sudden death of your wife, the late Mrs. Chidiebere Iloka, on the 7th of August, 2022, there has been a massive public outcry over the circumstances leading to the cause of her death, including alleged possible homicide.
“While you are presumed innocent until the completion of investigations, it has become imperative that you should step aside to allow unfettered investigations and justice.
“Consequently, you are directed to step aside and hand over the affairs of the local government to the head of the local government administration not later than 12th August 2022, until further notice”, the statement read.