Reps take over Kogi assembly functions

Kogi House crisis: Reps question Malami’s grasp of the Constitution

The crisis in the Kogi State House of Assembly heightened on Wednesday, as the House of Representative took over its functions.

The House also directed the Inspector General of Police, Solomon Arase, to immediately seal off the assembly, saying that has become necessary since it has taken over its functions.

According to the House, the decision taken at plenary, was in line with the provision of Section 11 (4) of the 1999 Constitution, which empowered National Assembly to take over the functions of any state assembly that is enmeshed in crisis.

It would be recalled that the Kogi State House of Assembly has been in crisis since 5 members out of 20 claimed to have impeached the Speaker of the House, Hon. Momoh Jimoh Lawal, replacing him with Umar Imam.

The pro-Momoh legislators however petitioned the Speaker of the House of Representatives, claiming that the purported impeachment was illegal and that the state government was behind the crisis.

The House of Representatives subsequently raised a panel to investigate the crisis. The group of five lawmakers however boycotted a meeting with the panel when it visited Lokoja, the state capital in continuation of its assignment.

As it stands, the resolution of the Reps to take over the Assembly will become effective immediately the Senate concurs.

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