Edo Assembly chamber’s roof removed, iconic mace taken down

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Some unidentified persons on Thursday vandalised the Edo State House of Assembly and removed roof of the Assembly chamber.

The men were also seen removing the iconic legislative mace on the top of the building.

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Earlier today, armed policemen took over the Assembly complex.

All these occurred a day after the Deputy Speaker, Yekini Idiaye, was impeached.

A detachment of heavily armed police had very early on Thursday stormed the Assembly Complex in Benin, the state capital, and positioned themselves at the gate, preventing the Assembly workers and visitors from gaining entry.

It was gathered that the policemen were deployed in the Assembly complex to prevent breakdown of law and order following alleged plan by a group of 14 lawmakers who Governor Godwin Obaseki had refused to inaugurate, from impeaching him.

Recall that on Wednesday, Deputy Speaker of the Assembly, Yekini Idiaye, was impeached by the state’s lawmakers.

Idiaye was impeached at a plenary session of the Assembly and he was immediately replaced with Roland Asoro, lawmaker representing Orhionmwon II constituency.

The deputy speaker’s removal from office, it was learnt, may not be unconnected with his support for the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu.

Idiaye had on Monday led four other lawmakers to Ize-Iyamu’s Benin residence to pledge their support for the APC governorship candidate.

He had said on the occasion that the administration of Governor Godwin Obaseki had failed to do anything for the people in his village.

But the Speaker of the Assembly, Frank Okiye, had claimed that his deputy, Idiaye, was impeached for planning with the leaders of the All Progressives Congress and Imo State Governor, Hope Uzodinma, “to illegally and violently take over” the Assembly.