Crisis at State Assembly Over Suspension of 6 Nigerian Lawmakers

According to reports from Nigeria’s House of Assembly in Imo State, there were sporadic gunshots and pandemonium broke out on Thursday following the suspension of six lawmakers by the Speaker, Paul Emeziem.

Lawmaker Paul Emeziem was suspended over alleged unparliamentary conduct.

The House also removed the Chief Whip, Authur Egwim, (Ideato North, APC), and replaced him with Obinna Okwara (Nkwerre, APC).

Sources confirmed that four of Nigeria’s ruling party lawmakers (APC) and two from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) were among those suspended.

The lawmakers are former Majority Leader and member representing Ikeduru state constituency, Uche Ogbuagu; member representing Obowo state constituency, Kennedy Ibe and member representing Oru West, Dominic Ezerioha.

Others are members representing Ezinihitte Mbaise state constituency, Anyadike Nwosu; member representing Owerri North Philip Ejiogu, and the member representing Ihite Uboma, Onyemechi Njoku.

All standing committees of the House have also been dissolved.

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