In February, Gov. Nyesom Wike made his first suspension. Commissioner for Finance, Dr. Fred Kpakol and Accountant General of the State, Sir Abere Dagogo, were both suspended by the governor. They were recalled soon after.
In the second quarter of the year, in April, it was the turn of the Commissioner for Works, Kelvin Wachukwu, to be suspended. Wike said Wachukwu had to be punished over his negligence, dereliction to duty, especially his failure to monitor projects effectively. He too was recalled afterwards.
On Wednesday, the governor went further than he has gone before, suspending four commissioners, the Head of Service and Special Adviser on Lands for three months. Interestingly, finance commissioner Kpakol who was suspended in February was one of the four suspended again. Others include Dr John Bazia, Chieftaincy Affairs, Mrs Tonye Briggs-Oniyide; Culture and Tourism, and Mr Boma Iyaye; Sports.
Special Assistant to the Governor on Electronic Media Simeon Nwakaudu, said in a statement that the Head of Service, Mr. Rufus Godwin and Mr Anugbun Onuoha, Special Adviser on Lands were also affected by the suspension.
The governor did not give any reason for the suspension.