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Hon. David Lorhemba, Benue House Speaker Resigns

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Hon. David Lorhemba, Benue House Speaker Resigns

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Nov 9, 2012 – Hon. David Lorhemba, Benue House Speaker Resigns

Crisis rocked Benue State House of Assembly on Thursday, as the Speaker, Honourable David Iorhemba, resigned his appointment.

At the sitting of the members on Thursday, which was presided over by the deputy speaker, Honourable Stephen Omeje, the members had unanimously signed the impeachment notice of the speaker.

Based on the impeachment notice signed by 29 out of 30 members of the assembly, Honourable Baba Ode, representing Otukpo constituency, had moved a motion for the impeachment and cited relevant Section of 1999 Constitution, which he said, gave the assembly power to remove the speaker and was seconded by Benjamin Adayin of Makurdi North Constituency.

According to Ode, the members alleged highhandedness, gross financial impropriety and misrepresentation of members before the executive against the speaker, with no objection from the members as the deputy speaker declared the seat vacant.

The Speaker was said to have initially tendered an unsigned resignation letter after all entreaties to the assembly members failed probably to buy time for reconciliation which brought in the deputy governor, Chief Stephen Lawani.

But the members rejected the resignation letter on the ground that it was not signed only for the speaker to later bring a signed resignation letter which was accepted by the members.

Meanwhile, in the process of electing the new speaker to fill the vacant post, a young man jumped from the gallery into the main chamber where the members sat and was guided out by the clerk of the house only for the young man to lead some thugs, numbering 20 into the chamber, snatched the mace, guided and bundled the speaker into his car and drove away while security operatives watched helplessly.

The thugs who later took control of the chamber turned the complex into battle field and beat members and other people while members, newsmen and staff members ran for safety.(Credit: Tribune)



  1. Angel

    November 9, 2012 at 6:00 AM

    House of Chaos !!!

  2. lucky

    November 9, 2012 at 9:14 AM

    This is a big shame. Both on the state Government and the security agencies including the police, civil defense and sundry. Shame. Big shame. Even the so called Law makers can’t coordinate themselves but they want to coordinate others. Arrant nonsense.

  3. Terkula Hundu

    November 9, 2012 at 12:43 PM

    Its unfortunate that such acts are still been perpetrated. But what do you expect, when so called elected democrates prefer to dance to executive music rather than the peoples will. God help Benue and Nigeria.Amen…….

  4. Azomun jephthah

    November 9, 2012 at 5:35 PM

    God intervene and help the people of Benue

  5. igoche

    November 10, 2012 at 1:35 AM

    what do you expect from politicians who are selected instead of being

  6. Charles Yusufu Agellah

    November 10, 2012 at 5:34 AM

    The impeached Speaker should be arrest and made to face the law, how can he serve a signed Resignation later and later use thugs to reinstate him, this is nomination.

  7. Abraham

    November 10, 2012 at 8:34 AM

    The people of benue are fools!

  8. Abraham

    November 10, 2012 at 8:37 AM

    It’s for their selfish interest oh

  9. Rickjames Mitchell

    November 11, 2012 at 1:54 AM

    Naija for show, when and when would are politician grow up, it is always about money, when will they come to their senses and realize that they are supposed to be the servant of the people and not the other way round.

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