Edo speaker impeached, thugs invade assembly

The Speaker of Edo House of Assembly, Victor Edoro, has been impeached by 16 of the 24 members of the assembly on Tuesday.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that in his place, Elizabeth Ativie was elected by the lawmakers as the assembly’s first female speaker.

The impeachment followed a motion moved by the Majority Leader, Folly Ogedemgbe (APC-Owan- East) and seconded by Patrick Illuobe (PDP – Esan-North East).

“This is an impeachment notice signed by 16 members that the speaker Victor Edoroh and his deputy, are hereby impeached,’’ Mr. Ogedemgbe said during the house sitting.

NAN reports that shortly after moving the motion, Mr. Ogedemgbe nominated Illuobe to preside over the election.

Ms. Ativie’s name was submitted as speaker by Victor Assen (APC-Owan-East), while Justin Okonobo (APC-Igueben) was nominated as deputy speaker by Henry Okhuobo (APC-Orhionmwon).

The two were subsequently approved to lead the House by the lawmakers.

The assembly soon slipped into chaos as suspected thugs invaded the chamber as Ms. Ativie took her seat.

The situation made security operatives to immediately take over control of the assembly’s premises, as staff scampered for safety.

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