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Enugu House Of Assembly Crisis Deepens

Suspended Speaker Of Enugu State House Of Assembly, Hon. Eugene Odo, Is Disturbed That Security Personnel Attached To Him Have Been Withdrawn.

Amah Baldwin

The “suspended “Speaker of the Enugu State House of Assembly, Hon. Eugene Odo, has raised the alarm over the alleged withdrawal of security personnel attached to him.

Odo has also pointed accusing fingers on Governor Sullivan Chime.

The security men were said to have been withdrawn in spite of the intervention of the Governor-elect, Hon. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, who had earlier taken it upon himself to broker peace between the governor and Hon Eugene Odo.

Ugwuanyi recently met with both the Odo-led 15 House of Assembly members and the faction of nine lawmakers led by Hon. Chinedu Nwamba. The two camps agreed to sheath their swords and return to status quo.

But apparently not satisfied with the truce brokered by the Governor-elect, Governor Chime was said to have sent his security aides after the opposing lawmakers to recover their official vehicles.

It was, however, gathered that they could not recover the vehicles as some of the lawmakers have gone into hiding.

He alleged that “the State Commissioner of Police, Abubakar Adamu Mohammed, acting on the directive of the governor, sent signals ordering policemen attached to Odo to return”.

Odo alongside 14 other members of the House, had on Monday passed a resolution ordering the Clerk of the House, Christopher Chukwurah to serve impeachment notice on Chime for alleged financial misappropriation and other constitutional breaches.

Chime in a bid to stop his impeachment, mobilized eight members of the House to suspend Odo, alongside all principal officers of the House.

They also elected Chinedu Nwamba as speaker. Both Governor Chime and the Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Ikeje Asogwa, sent congratulatory messages to Nwamba.

Odo contended that it was wrong for the Commissioner of Police to act on the directive knowing that his group had majority of members in the House.

The embattled Speaker said:

“Our life is in danger and now in the hands of Sullivan Chime and Police Commissioner in Enugu.

“On the instruction of the Governor this evening, the Police Commissioner has withdrawn the security details attached to me as Speaker of the House of Assembly.

“This is the Police that is supposed to protect me as long as the problem in the House is on. They have decided to be unlawful and I want the people of Enugu State to know that this is the situation at the moment and that they should hold Chime or the Police Commissioner responsible should anything happen to any of us.”

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