House of Reps Take Over Kogi Assembly Functions

Following the lingering crisis in the Kogi State House of Assembly, the House of Representatives yesterday resolved to take over the legislative functions of the assembly in accordance with section 11(4) of the 1999 Constitution.

The decision follows the adoption of recommendations by the Pally Iriase led ad-hoc committee set up to investigate the process of alleged impeachment of Hon Jimoh Momoh as Speaker of the assembly.

The House also directed the Inspector General of Police, Solomon Arase to seal-off the Kogi House of Assembly complex pending the when the issue is resolved.

The committee in its recommendations stated that: “In view of the fact that the Kogi State House of Assembly cannot perform it’s legislative functions due to the intractable crises and the volatile security situation in the State, the National Assembly should invoke the powers conferred on it by section 11(4) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to take over the legislative functions of the State House of Assembly pending the restoration of normalcy in the Assembly.’’

It further urged that members of the assembly should endeavour to quickly and amicably resolve any misunderstanding within them, do the needful to restore normalcy and report readiness to quickly assume legislative functions.

The committee revealed that it met with the governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello, the embattled speaker, Hon. Momoh Jimoh Lawal and his group, Kogi state commissioner of police, director of the Department of State Services (DSS) and assistant commissioner of police, Mr. David Dantata Danica during it fact finding visit to the state to ascertain the facts of the matter.

It stated that the governor maintained that he has no hand in the crises rocking the State House of Assembly and that he had, severally reiterated his readiness to work harmoniously with everyone.

It further disclosed that, the governor said he had not tried to influence the decision of the House as he was new in office and does not have any prior relationship with the members of the assembly order than to work for the good of the entire state in line with his oath of office, adding that there have always been crises.

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