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Oshiomhole insists on council chiefs’ suspension

BENIN-CITY—Edo State Governor, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, has said chairmen of Akoko-Edo and Orhionmwhon Local Government Areas remained suspended, noting that the state government will ignore the resolution of the House of Representatives seeking to reverse the suspension, maintaining that the resolution was passed in bad faith.

Oshiomhole, who spoke at the National Executive Committee meeting of Action Congress in Benin City yesterday, said the resolution was passed in bad faith.

He also said the government had written the Inspector-General of Police to prosecute the former Speaker, Zakawanu Garuba, and two other lawmakers, Frank Okiye and Blessing Aigbebaku, for using dangerous weapons as axe, teargas and gavel on other lawmakers.

The House of Representatives had, at its plenary sitting yesterday, by voice vote, passed a motion sponsored by Mr.Friday Itulah, for the reversal of the suspension of the two local government chairmen; condemn and reverse the impeachment of Zakawanu Garuba as speaker of the State Assembly and order the Inspector-General of Police and the State Security Service to probe  alleged forgery of the signature of three PDP members of the state Assembly.

But the governor, who said he invoked the powers vested in him by the State House of Assembly to suspend the council chairmen, said the action taken about three weeks ago, was irreversible, adding that the panels set up to probe the two men would complete its work.

According to him, if they are found guilty, they would face the law and if not, they would return to their posts.
On the impeachment of Zakawanu Garuba as speaker, Oshiomhole said he would not comment on it since the matter was in court.

“The principle of separation of power instructs us not to comment on anything that is before a court of competent jurisdiction.  I will abstain from abstain from commenting on whether the Speaker was duly impeached or not. The matter is before the court,” he said.

On the order for the IG and SSS to probe alleged forgery of signatures of some lawmakers, he said “the Police and SSS have their brief. They do not require a motion to do their job. The IG is not the IG of PDP and the SSS is not the SSS of the PDP.”

The governor charged the police to do their jobs without fear or favour said, stressing that “the day the former speaker was impeached, he was shown on national television using his gavel as a weapon against some of his members.

“Another used axe to chop the head, hand and leg of some of his colleagues, while another was spraying teargas on his colleagues. All of them were members of the PDP. These are people who committed great criminal acts against Edo people using guns, axe and teargas.

“My problem is that the police have not found it necessary to investigate these people. We have done a letter to the IG not only to investigate but to charge these people to court.”


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