Abia State Governor, Alex Otti has warned that any traditional ruler in the state found harbouring criminals would be dealt with, irrespective of his position.
He gave the warning at the ministry of local government and chieftaincy affairs, Umuahia during the inauguration of the 9th Executive Council of the Abia State Council of Ndi Eze.
Otti described traditional rulers as valued personalities whose support is needed for the security and transformation of Abia, describing the new leadership of the traditional institution as worthy.
He maintained that his administration was meticulous in choosing Eze Linus Nto Mba and other royal fathers to lead their colleagues, advising them to avoid rancour among traditional rulers.
He expressed dismay that some traditional rulers are ignorant of events in their communities which hamper community development.