Kogi Assembly Sacks Deputy speaker, Three Others

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The Deputy Speaker of the Kogi State House of Assembly, Rt Hon Ahmed Muhammed, and three other principal officers of the House have been sacked.

The three principal officers removed from office and later suspended from the House are the Majority Leader, Bello Hassan Balogun, Deputy Majority Leader, Idris Ndako, and the Chief Whip, Hon Edoko Moses Ododo.

The impeachment came on the heel of an accusation of gross misconduct and arbitrary use of office levelled against the officers.

In a motion of urgent importance read by Hon. Enema Paul, member representing Dekina/Okura State Constituency, 17 lawmakers signed the removal of Hon Ahmed Mohammed and the suspension of three other principal officers in the house.

The house, however, announced Alfa Momoh Rabiu, the lawmaker representing Ankpa II, as the new Deputy Speaker.

Other new principal officers elected are Hon. Muktar Bajeh (Majority Leader), Umar Isah Tanimu (Deputy Majority Leader), Enema Paul (Deputy Chief Whip), and Ahmed Dahiru (Chief Whip).

The Speaker, Prince Mathew Kolawole had earlier announced the dissolution of all the House Standing Committees.

Before the impeachment process, there was a heavy presence of security operatives at the Assembly complex consisting of the Nigerian Police, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps and Department of State Services.

It could be recalled that Ahmed Muhammed is the lawmaker representing Akpa I in the Kogi State House of Assembly.

Our correspondent gathered that only 17 of the 25 lawmakers were present during the impeachment process.

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