New Benue Speaker Takes over Assembly as Police Vacate Premises


    From George Okoh In Makurdi

    The new Speaker of the Benue State House of Assembly Titus Uba and 21 other members of the house on Wednesday took over the Assembly following withdrawal from the complex by security agencies.

    Speaker Uba who confirmed the development to reporters during an inspection of the Assembly complex said members and staff of the Assembly now have free access to their offices to carry out their official duties.

    He acknowledged the support and solidarity of Benue people and all Nigerians against the siege to the Benue State House of Assembly, which also occurred at the National Assembly Tuesday.

    The speaker said with the new development, members would reconvene on the new adjournment date to carry out their constitutional responsibilities of making legislation for the good governance of the state.

    It would be recalled that security operatives had taken over the premises of the State Assembly and provided cover for the impeached Speaker, Terkimbi Ikyange APC-led faction, to hold plenary while twenty-two members of the Assembly belonging to the Peoples Democratic Party were denied access.

    The sitting was done in spite of a court injunction restraining Mr. Ikyange and three others from parading themselves as principal officers of the Assembly pending the hearing and determination of a motion on notice filed by twenty-two members of the Assembly.

    The Speaker was flanked by twenty-one other Assembly members during the inspection tour.