Ebonyi state House of Assembly on Tuesday slammed a fresh six months suspension of the member Representing Afikpo North East constituency in the Assembly, Hon. Maria Ude Nwachi.
The decision followed the submission of the report of the ad hoc Committee that investigated the allegations of gross misconduct and possing as a public photographer.
The House had earlier slammed two weeks suspension on her following the allegations levelled against her and setup a committee to investigate the allegations against her and make recommendations to the Assembly.
She had appeared before the House committee last week where she admitted wrongdoings and appealed for forgiveness.
The Chairman of the Committee and the Member Representing Ikwo South Constituency Hon Chike Oguji while presenting the Committee’s report said Nwachi ran an illegal lottery scheme through her Facebook group known as Igboist which further degraded the image of the House.
He, however, noted that Mrs Nwachi comported herself with decorum throughout the sittings of the committee when she was invited for interrogation.
“In all the sittings of the committee, Hon. Mrs Maria Ude Nwachi was invited and she honoured the committee’s invitation and conducted herself with decorum. She admitted to have displayed some ethical attitudes and conducts before the committee.
“Hon. Mrs. Maria Ude Nwachi as part of our observations, seems to regret her act of misconduct and other unethical behaviours that degrades the reputation and integrity of this House.
“Hon. Mrs. Maria Ude Nwachi runs an illegal lottery scheme called Igboist thereby creating an environment with which she engages in
fraudulent acts. Although the forum(Igboist) is not political and unintended to defraud people, the illegality and criminal nature of the scheme
destroyed the public confidence in the parliament, thus making the public to generally accuse the House of corruption, inefficiency and incompetence.
“She also runs an image promotion with her face book account which she displays excellent performance of our dear Governor, His
Excellency Engr. Dr. David Nweze Umahi.
“In two sittings of the House, Mrs. Maria Ude Nwachi admitted to be the one spotted in Imo state struggling to take photograph with other photographers, leaving her primary duties of law making for our people”, Oguji said.
The Committee Chairman said “In the light of the foregoing going, the committee recommends that Hon. Mrs. Maria Ude Nwachi should desist from setting illegality and unethical acts which are not suitable for a parliamentarian.