Breaking: House of Rep. Takes Over Kogi Assembly

The House of Representatives has announced the taking over of Kogi House of Assembly.
In Wednesday’s plenary where the decision was taken, the House said its action was in line with the provision of Section 11 (4) of the 1999 Constitution, which says the National Assembly could take over the functions of any state Assembly that is enmeshed in crisis.
The take over flows from the crisis that has engulfed the Assembly since last year, in which the Speaker has been impreached twice.
The Federal lawmakers have also declared as null and void, the impeachment of the Speaker, Momoh Lawal by five lawmakers , while describing the action of the five as embarrassing to the institution of legislature.
The Federal lawmakers have also asked the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Solomon Arase to seal the Assembly complex.
This is in addition to the condemnation of the roles played by the Nigeria Police for providing cover for the five lawmakers against 15 to commit the illegality of impeaching the Speaker.
The decision of the House followed the adoption of the report of Pally Iriase-led ad hoc Committee that was mandated to investigate the matter today at Committee of the Whole House chaired by the Deputy Speaker, Yussuff Lasun.
Recall on February 16, five out of the 25-member of the State House of Asse!bly impeached Momoh Jimoh Lawal as the Speaker.
This was the second time the embattled lawmaker will be impeached in the last two months.
Also, recalled that Momoh Jimoh Lawal was said to have been impeached last December by 17 out of the 25 members of the Assembly.
He, however, denied being impeached and carried on as the Speaker following the intervention of PDP national secretariat.
But in February when five members of the Assembly purportedly impeached the Speaker Jimoh Lawal, Umar Imam wss elected as new Speaker. This led to a fracas before the police and army were called in.
Lawal reacted to his impeachment, saying the development was a “Kangaroo arrangement that cannot pass under a sane atmosphere.”
Since then the House has been embroiled in crisis.
Consequently upon that, the House of Representatives passed a resolution a fortnight ago setting up an ad-hoc committee to visit the state Assembly with a view to resolving the matter.
Although the five lawmakers, who carried out the impreachment shunned the panel, the committee submitted its report last week, which was considered at plenary Wednesday.
Meanwhile, Governor Yayaha Bello, who resumed office barely two months ago will have go without members of the Assembly for sometime, thus grounding governance, and the worse off will be the Kogi people, who voted them into office.

Author: News Editor

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