- Operatives of the Benue state Police Command have finally withdrawn from the state House of Assembly
- The security agents had occupied the Assembly complex for nearly two weeks, following the impeachment of the former speaker
- The new speaker thanked Nigerians for standing with the people of the state through the struggle for democracy to thrive
The Police authority in Benue on Wednesday, August 8, withdrew from the state House of Assembly complex to end a period of blockade.
The Police on July 28, laid siege to the Assembly; chasing members and workers out including the clerk of the House, Torese Agena, from their offices at the complex, NAN reports.
NAIJ.com notes that the Police personnel had occupied the Assembly complex for nearly two weeks, thereby denying lawmakers access to the chambers to discharge their duties.
Trouble started when 22 out of the 30 lawmakers impeached the former speaker of the House, Terkimbi Ikyange, who in turn with seven other members, attempted to impeach Governor Samuel Ortom of the state.
Speaking to newsmen at the Assembly complex, the new speaker, Titus Uba, hailed Nigerians for standing with the House and resisting the blockade by the Police.
“We have taken over the Assembly now and the normal adjournment date of August 15 still stands for us to continue to give Benue citizens the best legislation.
“The Police have been withdrawn from the Assembly complex and we thank all Nigerians for standing with us through the struggle for our democracy to thrive,” Uba said.
Recall that NAIJ.com previously reported that there was tension in Benue following the suspension of the impeached speaker of the state House of Assembly, Terkimbi Ikyange, for six months.
The suspension took place at the old banquet hall of the Benue state Government House, Makurdi, on Friday, July 27.
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