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Except members of the Kogi State House of Assembly are able to quickly put their acts together, the National Assembly may take over the assembly to avert further breakdown of law and order occasioned by current crisis in the state over the sacking of the assembly speaker by five out of 20 members.

According to reports, members of the majority All Progressives Congress and the leading opposition Peoples Democratic Party caucuses in the House of Representatives are already holding discussions on how to prevent a possible breach of peace in the state.

Aside sacking the speaker, the five members also announced the sacking of the deputy speaker, Hon. Alih Ajuh and the majority leader, Hon. Kolawole Matthew. The action of the five lawmakers heightened tension in the state, with the House of Assembly complex sealed by the police.

It would also be recalled that the ‘impeached’ speaker alongside 14 of his colleagues filled a petition to the House of Representatives on Wednesday. The petition was received by the House Majority Leader, Femi Gbajabiamila, for onward transmission to the Speaker, Yakubu Dogara.

Read also: Kogi Speaker impeached by his five supporters

According to reports, the petition may be formally laid before the House on Tuesday next week.

A source at the National Assembly, while commenting of the Kogi Assembly crisis, said the House is going to prevent a possible breach of law and order in Kogi State.

“From what we have heard, the crisis will deepen and the House has a responsibility to invoke our laws to contain the situation before it gets out of hands”, he said.

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