Friday, 18 March 2016

Senate Back Reps’ Takeover Of Kogi House Of Assembly

The Senate on Thursday approved the resolution of the House of Representatives to take over the legislative functions of the Kogi State House of Assembly, which is currently engulfed in crisis.

The Senate also adopted the House of Representatives resolution, which declared null and void, the impeachment proceeding embarked upon by five members against the Speaker, Mr. Momoh Jimoh-Lawal.

The upper chamber condemned the role played by the Police in subverting the provisions of the constitution by providing cover for only five members out of the 20 lawmakers in the state, to commit illegality.





It, therefore, directed the Inspector-General of Police to seal off the Kogi State House of Assembly complex until the matter is finally resolved.

The House of Representatives had on Wednesday, last week, took over the Kogi State House of Assembly.

The development followed the crisis in the Assembly over the impeachment of Jimoh-Lawal.

The House of Representatives went a step further to take over the Kogi Assembly in compliance with Section 11(4) of the 1999 Constitution (as amended).

It took the decision after considering and approving the report of a 10-member investigative panel headed by the Deputy House Whip, Mr. Pally Iriase, to intervene.

The Senate was required by law to uphold the resolution of the House.

The upper chamber’s action was to make the House of Reps decision, comply with the constitutional provision requiring the “National Assembly “ to effect the takeover in line with Section 11(4) of the constitution.

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