Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly on Thursday suspended the chairman of Abak Local Government Area, Imoh Williams, for allegedly assaulting an artisan, Godwin Abraham, pending an investigation into the matter.
The house also called on the Nigeria Police to fast track investigation on the matter.
CHECKPOINTCHARLEY hhad reported how Abraham was tortured by the chairman’s thugs for demanding the debt of N75000 owed him by the Council.
The chairman had since denied having anything to do with the assault.
The suspension announced during Thursday plenary followed a motion moved by the House Leader, Mr Udo Akpan representing Oruk Anam State Constituency and seconded by Mr Aniekan Uko, representing Ibesikpo Asutan Constituency.
Governor Udom Emmanuel had ordered a probe into the alleged assault.
Following the directives, the assembly immediately committed the case to its committee on Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs to investigate the immediate and remote causes of the act and make recommendations to the house within one month.
The Chairman, House Committee on Information, Aniefiok Dennis later told newsmen that the steps were taken to redeem the image of the state and to ensure the protection of citizens of the state.
Mr. Dennis warned public officeholders to be mindful of their public conducts, as the seventh assembly would not tolerate any act of rascality on the part of public officeholders.
Nevertheless, he said due process would be followed and the Abak Council Chairman would be given fair hearing before major decisions are taken on the matter.
“The seventh assembly owes every Akwa Ibom person, including the victim of that assault protection. But we want to assure the Abak Council Chairman and the people of Abak that he will be given the opportunity for fair hearing. We also want to sound a note of warning to other public officeholders that we would not tolerate any act of assault on members of the public,” he said.