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Rivers councilor stripped over leadership tussle

A female councillor was assaulted and stripped on Monday amid an ongoing leadership crisis in the Legislative Council in Etche Local Government of Rivers state.

Vanguard reports that Mrs Cynthia Nwala was attacked on Monday right in the council premises and her gown was torn leaving her cleavage exposed in public.

Nwala’s whose car was also vandalised accused the LG Chairman, Obinna Anyanwu, of ordering the Chief Security Officer to the Council, Chinedu Onyechi, to attack her.

She said, “I met the gate of the council locked as I was leaving the office, closed for the day. The CSO said the LG Chairman ordered them to lock the gate. I asked why, they said I was going home with the Mace. I said the Mace is for Leader.

“I am to secure the mace due to what is going on in the council. I don’t know what the other councillors are up to. The Deputy Leader is acting like he’s the leader, and one of them urged me to be careful, that I should see what they’re planning.

“The Council is under renovation. The place is not secure and the Clerk of the House is not working with me. So the CSO said the Chairman said they should come after me. They vandalised my car and started beating me, tore my clothes. It was a terrible situation.”

However, the LG Chairman in reaction to Nwala’s accusations claimed he had nothing to do with the assault.

“That is not true. After screening the Supervisory Councilors yesterday, she wanted to cart away with the mace which is not her duty to do because the Sergeant At Arms is the person that is supposed to be in possession of the mace.

“Because she wants to cart away with the Mace she started having friction with her other colleagues. They locked the Council gates and the CSO only waded in to separate the fight.”

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