- These are not the best of times for the speaker of the Edo state House of Assembly as he has been impeached by lawmakers
- Honourable Francis Okiye was impeached two months after the deputy speaker was removed
- Okiye's impeachment letter was signed by nine members present at the sitting
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Hon. Francis Okiye, the speaker of the Edo state House of Assembly has been impeached. His impeachment came on Monday, October 12, during a brief plenary session of the assembly.
Okiye’s impeachment followed a motion by Henry Okhurobo the majority leader of the House and signed by nine of the members who were present at the brief sitting on Monday, October 12, Channels TV reports.
The state assembly has since elected Marcus Onobhu, an honourable member representing Esan West constituency as the new speaker.
This development is coming two months after the deputy speaker, Hon. Yekini Idiaye was impeached.
He was impeached on Wednesday, August 5, during a plenary session of the assembly in Benin city, the state capital.
In his place, Honourable Roland Asoro, a member representing Orhionmwon II Constituency in the House of Assembly was elected deputy speaker.
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Earlier, Legit.ng reported that Edo state was in palpable fear as suspected thugs continued to lay siege on the House of Assembly complex.
Some thugs were seen around the building located at the Ring Road in Benin, the state capital, openly smoking weed under a canopy positioned at the main entrance of the building.
This happened on Thursday, August 6, shortly after dozens of security officials stormed the assembly complex led by a deputy commissioner of police (operations) Ayoola Ajala.
In other news, Governor Godwin Obaseki described the failed invasion of the Edo state House of Assembly Complex as an attempted coup d’état that is as good as treason and contrary to the Nigerian Constitution.
Obaseki who disclosed this in a statewide broadcast on Friday, August 7, said the event signals grave danger to the safety and security of the polity.
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