The Council Chairman of Andoni Local Government Area, Mr Paul Lawrence Paul has been impeached by lawmakers in the LGA.
Theportcitynews gathered that Mr Lawrence was impeached for incompetence, misappropriation of funds and increasing insecurity in the area.
Eight out of 11 lawmakers sat and voted for the impeachment.
Leader of the Andoni Legislative Assembly, Mr Talick Dandison said the chairman ignored several calls by the Legislative Assembly to tackle the increasing spate of sea piracy, kidnapping and other forms of crime and criminality in the area.
Dandison explained that the people of Andoni are not safe anymore due to increase in crime, adding that the chairman deliberately refused to work with security agencies in the area to curb the menace.
“The people of Andoni are afraid to come home because of crime and criminality which have taken over the place.
“This is festive period. Our people will not come home because they are not safe anymore.
” We have called the chairman several times to appear before the House, he has ignored us.
“Even me as the Leader of the House, I have made several calls on him, he won’t pick my calls.
” He carries himself like a demi-god. He told us afterall, its impeachment but nobody is above the people.
“From all indications, it is obvious that the chairman is not competent enough to pilot the affairs of the local government.
” The Vice Chairman should step in to take care of the council. We believe in her ability and someone who will listen to the people.
“The Chairman came in with thugs to disrupt our sitting today but we were not deterred.
” Eight members out of eleven sat and voted in support of the impeachment. He carries himself like a demi-god.
Mr Dandison also stated that the impeachment became necessary due to embezzlement of funds approved by the House to the chairman to carry out projects and develop the area.
“The Chairman has embezzled money approved for projects such as the sand filling of Ajakaja community, electrification Eletombi community.
“He kept telling us he is paying certain people five million naira every month and we don’t know what that payment is for.
“He should be accountable to Andoni people and as legislators, it is our duty to make him accountable to the people.
“We have directed the Clerk Of the Andoni Legislative Assembly to write to the Office of the Accountant General not to allow the embattled chairman do any financial transactions on behalf of the council” Mr Dandison said.
The Assembly is to send their resolution to the Rivers State House of Assembly for consideration and ratification.