Gunshots as Imo Assembly suspends six lawmakers

Imo Assembly on Thursday suspended six lawmakers over alleged unparliamentary conduct.

Speaker Paul Emeziem (APC Onuimo) who made the announcement at plenary said the decision was taken at the executive session.

“Some members have been conducting themselves in an unparliamentary manner thereby bringing the house to ridicule.

“We have thoroughly examined this issue at the executive session of the House and have resolved that peace and order must continue to reign.

“The executive session has therefore recommended the suspension of the members who have engaged in different misconduct.

“This action is in line with ensuring that the image of the house remains as it should be his while providing a functional environment and the synergy which we are required to provide to ensure all arms of government work together,” he said.

The suspended members are: Kennedy Ibeh (APC Obowo); Philip Ejiiogu (PDP Owerri North); Uche Ogbuagu (APC Ikeduru); Dominic Ezerioha (APC Oru West); Anyadike Nwosu (PDP Ezinihitte Mbaise) and Onyemaechi Njoku (APC Ihitte Uboma).

Emeziem also announced Obinna Okwarra (APC Nkwerre) as new Chief Whip to replace Dr Arthur Egwim (APC Ideato North).

He also announced that all standing committees of the House have been dissolved.

It was learnt the suspended members objected the decision, describing it as illegal and undemocratic.

It was gathered that there was uproar as the representative of Ihitte Uboma, Onyemaechi Njoku, tried to engage the Speaker in a fight in protest.

This resulted in sporadic gunshots by security agents while security details whisked the Speaker away.

Njoku (APC Ihitte Uboma), a member of the dissolved Ethics, Privileges and Information Committee, said their alleged misconduct was never brought to the committee.

Njoku told reporters he will continue to attend plenary sessions as his suspension is invalid and undemocratic.

Arthur Egwim (APC Ideato North) added that the Speaker did not follow the proper procedure in removing him as Chief Whip.

He stated that there were no valid grounds for his removal as no petition was brought against him and there was no existing case of proven misconduct.

Uche Ogbuagu (APC Ikeduru) maintained that no Executive session was held as the members had been waiting for the Speaker to announce the venue for the executive session.

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