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Edo State Speaker Suspended By PDP Lawmakers

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Reports coming out from Edo State, western Nigeria, suggest that the Speaker of the state House of Assembly, Uyi Igbe, has been suspended.

Information reaching Street Journal states that nine members of the house who belong to the People Democratic Party, PDP, including suspended Deputy Speaker, Festus Ebea suspended the Speaker in a gestapo style sitting on Tuesday.

It was gathered that the PDP lawmakers stormed the assembly complex in an unmarked bus and broke into the hallowed which was under lock and key.

A mobile policeman was said to have assisted them in the break in.

Those who witnessed the situation informed that an armed security man who was guarding the assembly complex took to his heels when the lawmakers stormed the house.

It was gathered that Igbe and six other members of the house were suspended in a sitting that lasted five minutes and presided over by Ebea.

Having realised what had happened, the report stated that the suspended speaker stormed the chamber with other lawmakers and a free for all fight broke out.

According to sources, when policemen who arrived at the scene later fired tear gas was into the hallowed chamber. the lawmakers scampered for safety.

It was gathered that the security operatives also used tear gas to chase away thugs who were at the assembly complex.

There were reports, however, that a group of PDP supporters had stormed the Nigerian Union of Journalists Press Centre in Benin to protest the suspension of the PDP legislators on Monday.

The group alleged the suspension of the lawmakers was an infringement on their constitutional rights.

Heavy security presence including the police, SSS and men of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defense Corps is currently at the premises of the Assembly Complex.

It would be recalled that Gov Adams Oshiomole had said last week that some lawmakers in the assembly had received some huge money from Abuja to ensure the removal of the Speaker and his impeachment.

As at the time of compiling this report, no statement has been released by the Edo State government on this matter.

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