- Some lawmakers of the Imo state house of assembly have been served with a suspension move following their actions
- This move was taken by the Assembly when the lawmakers failed to attend the plenary sessions, during the time the governor presented the 2022 budget
- Meanwhile, the speaker who made the announcement also declare the seat of Ngor Okpala vacant over the matter
Imo state- The Imo State House of Assembly on Thursday, December 23, suspended three lawmakers of the Assembly.
Vanguard reports that the suspension took place on the floor of the house following the announcement made by the speaker, Kennedy Ibeh.
The suspended lawmakers were Arthur Egwim (Ideato North) Ngozie Obiefule (Isu) and Obinna Okwara (Nkwerre).
The lawmakers were suspended for their refusal to attend the session when the governor presented the 2022 budget.
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The reason given was that when the governor presented the 2022 budget, the house promised to give it an accelerated hearing. These lawmakers ignored to participate in the sitting and the speaker was angry with their action, therefore they were suspended.
On the declaration of the seat of the member representing Ngor Okpala, Tochi Okere, vacant, the house said:
“He has been absent for a period more than the one-third of the sitting period in a year and that automatically attracts the declaration of the seat vacant and has declared the election to take place in the next 90 days.”
However, supporters of the suspended lawmakers from their different constituencies said they would protest against the suspension of their representatives at the state House of Assembly.
Imo lawmakers shun plenary over deputy speakers removal
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had earlier reported that lawmakers of the Imo state House of Assembly on Thursday, November 4, shunned the plenary scheduled to take place today
The lawmakers' action followed the chaos at the State House of Assembly which saw the removal of the deputy speaker of the House, Amara Iwuanyanwu.
Recall that 18 out of the 27 lawmakers in the Imo state House of Assembly had unanimously removed the deputy speaker after a resolution was presented before the Speaker, paul Emeziem.
Fear engulfs Imo Community as hoodlums gun down resident
In other news, Fidelis Nnadi, a resident of Imo state was gunned down by some hoodlums in the state throwing other residents into fear.
Nnadi was killed along Okwelle-Umuezealaibe road on Wednesday, October 27, days after several attacks had been launched in the state.
He was said to have been resident in Abba, Nwangele local government area of the state.