The Owerri branch of Nigeria Bar Association has accused Governor Rochas Okorocha of unlawfully sacking 1,000 from the 27 local governments even as Okorocha has described himself as the best governor produced by the State.
The accusation was made by the Owerri branch Chairman of NBA, Lawrence Nwakaeti, in Owerri, the during the activities marking the beginning of new judiciary year in the state.
Nwakaeti stated that the decision of the state government to slash the pension arrears of the pensioners by 60 percent was a gross affront on the rule of law and constitutional democracy and an embarrassment.
Already, the NBA has filed a suit against the state government over what it described as the controversial policy of forcing pensioners to forfeit 60 percent of their pension arrears.
Nwakeati said, “The Bar under our leadership has challenged this action in court hoping that justice will come to these senior members of our society who have put in the better part of their lives in the service of the state.
“We are doing this on pro bono basis. They deserve more than what is being given them by the government, saying no one can alter the accrued pension of a pensioner to his advantage.”
Further, he accused Gov Okorocha of series of illegalities, alleging that the state government failed to honor an earlier signed agreement of February 20, 2015 between it and the state Judiciary on the need to grant financial autonomy and independence of the judiciary.
He said it was morally wrong to use recession as an excuse only for the state government to invest huge sums into Christmas decorations, saying, “I know that the normal excuse will be that there is a recession. We are aware of it, but what is the essence of preaching recession as an excuse and at the same time spending huge sums of money on Christmas decorations?”