The caretaker committee chairman of Nnewi North local government area, Hon Mbazulike Iloka, has been suspended over his wife’s death.
According to sources, Iloka’s wife, Chidiebere, slumped and died after serving her husband breakfast on Sunday.
The source said it’s possible that the woman was beaten before she died as there were marks of violence on her body.
NaijNaira understands that a wound was found on the wife’s head, leading to public outcry.
In a letter of suspension, which was signed by Anambra State Commissioner for Local Government, Chieftaincy and Community Affair, Tony Collins Nwabunwanne, the chairman was asked to hand over to the head of Local Government administration, to avoid interfering with the investigation.
The letter read: “Following the sad news of the death of your wife, late Mrs Chidiebere Iloka on 7th August 2022, there has been a massive outcry over the circumstances leading to her death, including alleged possible homicide.
“While you are presumed innocent until the completion of investigations, it has become imperative that you step aside to allow unfettered investigation and justice.
“Consequently, you are directed to step aside and to hand over the affairs of the local government to the head of local government administration, not later than 12th August 2022, until further notice.”
Iloka was recently sworn in as the chairman of the local government and had only stayed in office for about a week.