By Chris Nomjov
Speaker of the Niger State House of Assembly, Hon. Adamu Usman, was on Tuesday, impeached by nineteen, out of twenty-five members of the House.
Also impeached was deputy speaker, Hon. Abdulraham Bala Gambo, Majority leader, Hon. Haruna Labaran and Chief Whip, Hon. Abdullahi Lawal, Nigerian Pilot reports.
Shortly after Adamu’s impeachment, the House also unanimously elected Hon. Isah Mohammed Kawu as the new Speaker.
Meanwhile, it was reported that as early as 7:30am, over 200 armed policemen and other security agents were seen keeping vigil at the Assembly as they prevented everybody from gaining entrance into the complex.
However, some desperate members of the House, who defied the presence of the armed security men at the gate and forced their way into the assembly complex after damaging the key and the chain used in locking the gate.
In his acceptance speech, the new Speaker, Hon. Kawu commended his colleagues for the honour.
He also called for people’s understanding and appealed that no erroneous meaning be read to the change in leadership of the house.
Hon. Isah Mohammed Kawu was first elected Speaker in 2012 but was impeached after one legislative week.
This latest case of impeachment follows yesterday’s ouster of Hon. Eugene Odo, by members of the Enugu state House of Assembly. He was impeached, having tried unsuccessfully, alongside 15 other member faction of the Enugu State House of Assembly; behind the impeachment process against Gov. Sullivan Chime.