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Benue House seeks Defence minister’s exit

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For exonerating Fulani Herdsmen from the New Year’s Day killing of 73 people in the state, the Benue State House of Assembly yesterday called for the resignation of Minister of Defence Mansur Dan Ali.

The Assembly took the decision after a debate on a Motion of Urgent Public Importance moved by Majority Leader Benjamin Adanyi.

Speaker Terkimbi Ikyange attributed the decision to the “malicious, vexatious and unfortunate comments” by the minister, adding that those comments were indicative that the minister lacked the moral right to remain in office.

He said the minister is completely unaware of the security issues in the sensitive Ministry he is overseeing.

The House also condemned in its entirety what it described as the “reckless” utterances by the minister despite the fact that the killings started before the Anti Open Grazing Prohibition Law validly enacted by the Benue State Government.

The lawmakers commended Governor Samuel Ortom for his firm stance on the implementation of the law.

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Police Vacate Akwa Ibom Assembly

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The Police have just ended their siege on the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly.

All entrances to the complex had been barricaded since Tuesday morning.

They are, however, now open as the police vacated the premises on Friday.

The Assembly had been cordoned off by armed police personnel on Wednesday following a crisis that erupted on Monday.

The Speaker, Onofiok Luke, had declared the seats of five lawmakers who had defected from Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the All Progressives Congress (APC), vacant, a situation which later led to alleged thugs, disrupting plenary.

The police, thereafter, sealed off the complex, denying the lawmakers and staff of the Assembly access.

Shortly after, the Senate ordered an investigation into the sealing of the Assembly, after the issue was raised by Senator Bassey Akpan, representing Akwa Ibom North-East.

Subsequently, on Thursday, the Senate ordered the police to immediately vacate the assembly and not prevent legislators from getting in.

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BREAKING: Anambra Assembly Impeaches Speaker

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Members of the Anambra State House of Assembly have impeached their Speaker, Ms Rita Mmaduagwu.

The lawmakers impeached Mmaduagwu during Tuesday’s plenary at the Assembly chamber in Awka, the state capital.

They consequently elected Mr Ikem Uzoezie as the new speaker.

The former speaker was impeached on the grounds of alleged incompetence, docility, financial impropriety and high-handedness.

The lawmakers took the decision after the new speaker, Uzoezie who represents Aguata II Constituency moved the motion for impeachment while Onyebuchi Offor from Ekwusigo Constituency seconded the motion.

About 22 members were present at the plenary but only three lawmakers kicked against the impeachment.

The three members have also been suspended on allegations of gross misconduct.

Meanwhile, the Clerk of the House, Mr Pius Udoh, was against the inauguration of the new speaker.

Udoh stated that the lawmakers did not follow due process.

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Ondo Assembly Impeaches Speaker, Deputy

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The Ondo State House of Assembly has impeached Hon. David Oleyeloogun as its speaker, as well as his deputy, Iroju Ogundeji.

They were impeached on Friday after 18 out of the 26-member House, signed the notice.

Shortly after, Honourable Olamide George was elected as the new Speaker while Abimbola Fajolu was elected as the deputy.

Addressing newsmen at the assembly complex the Chairman of the House Committee on Information, Hon. Fatai Olotu, said the former leadership was removed as a result of financial impropriety, incompetence and high handedness.

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