Rivers State Governor lifts Suspension on Monarch amid Murder Allegations

Governor Siminalayi Fubara of Rivers State has rescinded the suspension imposed on Cassidy Ikegbidi, Igbu Akoh II, ruler of Akoh Ancient Kingdom, following allegations of complicity in the murder of Divisional Police Officer (DPO) SP Bako Angbashim. Initially suspended indefinitely on September 9, 2023, for purportedly permitting notorious cultist David Gift, also known as 2Baba, and his gang to operate freely within his domain, the monarch found relief with the lifting of the suspension.

The decision to lift the suspension comes on the heels of the recovery of the decomposing corpse of David Gift, the alleged gang leader, just 12 days prior. Confirmation of the development was provided by Cassius Nwikoro, Head of Media/Publicity at the Igbu-Akoh Palace, in a statement released yesterday.

The monarch, presently facing trial over accusations of Angbashim’s murder and sponsorship of cultism, received the news with evident elation, expressing gratitude to Governor Fubara and pledging unwavering support from the people of Igbu Akoh Kingdom to the administration.

Governor Fubara’s action signals a shift in the ongoing legal and administrative proceedings surrounding the alleged involvement of the monarch in criminal activities within his jurisdiction. With the lifting of the suspension, attention now turns to the judicial process as Cassidy Ikegbidi navigates the legal implications of the accusations leveled against him.

As the Akoh Ancient Kingdom seeks to move forward from this episode, the reinstatement of its ruler brings renewed hope for stability and collaboration in tackling security challenges. With the monarch’s assurance of support, Governor Fubara’s administration can anticipate strengthened partnerships in fostering peace and development across Rivers State.

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