BREAKING: Tension as DSS, Police, Others Storm Cross River House of Assembly

BREAKING: Tension as DSS, Police, Others Storm Cross River House of Assembly

  • The commotion that happened in the Cross River state house of assembly when the speaker, Elvert Ayambem, was impeached, has attracted the attention of the DSS
  • reports that the plenary on Wednesday, May 22, turned into a brawl as factions struggle for the possession of the mace
  • 17 out of 25 members voted to impeach Ayambem on allegations of financial misappropriation journalist Ridwan Adeola Yusuf has over 9 years of experience covering politics in Nigeria.

Calabar, Cross River state - Fierce-looking operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS), men of the Nigeria Police Force (NPF), and other security agents, have stormed the crisis-hit Cross River state assembly complex.

As reported by The Nation, this was after the impeachment of the assembly’s speaker, Elvert Anyambem, led to a brawl in the house.

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DSS and police have taken over the Cross River assembly as fight erupted after speaker’s impeachment
Chaos erupted in the Cross River state house of assembly on Wednesday, May 22. Photo credit: Patrick Meinhardt
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Vanguard newspaper also noted the security agents' presence.

Ayambem, who represents Ikom II state constituency was impeached on Wednesday, May 22, by 17 house members over allegations of misappropriation of funds.

After impeaching him, the assembly's mace was forcefully taken away.

Cross River: Deposed speaker defiant

Meanwhile, Anyambem has insisted that he remains the speaker of the Cross River state house of assembly.

Matthew Okache, Anyambem's chief press secretary (CPS), in a statement, described what happened during Wednesday’s plenary as a “ridiculous charade with no constitutional basis.”

According to Channels Television, Anyambem said his impeachment is just a speculation.

The statement partly reads:

“To be clear, the speaker of the Cross River state house of assembly is without a doubt Rt. Hon Elvert Ayambem, and that is the current position.

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"What happened earlier today (Wednesday) during the plenary when Hon. Effiong Akarika, a member representing Calabar South 1, disrupted the session by inviting hoodlums to enter the chamber, is a ridiculous charade with no constitutional basis."

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Ogun assembly impeaches speaker

Earlier, reported that Kunle Oluomo was impeached as the speaker of the Ogun state house of assembly.

18 of the 26 members of the state assembly voted for Oluomo’s impeachment at a plenary session.

Oluomo was impeached for alleged embezzlement of funds, highhandedness and related offences.

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Ridwan Adeola (Current Affairs Editor) Ridwan Adeola Yusuf is a Current Affairs Editor at and a certified journalist with over 9 years of experience. He edited Politics Nigeria's articles, was the Acting Editor of AllNews Nigeria and Fact-Checking Researcher (Africa Check). He received his HND in Mass Communication from The Polytechnic Ibadan. He received a Certificate of Achievement (Journalism Clinic’s Fix The Leak masterclass, 2021) and also completed Google News Initiative's Advance digital reporting curriculum. Contact him at

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