By Samuel Oyadongha
YENAGOAâ€”UNEASY calm enveloped Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State capital, Tuesday, as the state House of Assembly resolved to impeach the Deputy Governor, Peremobowei Ebebi.
At press time, 17 of the 24 members of the Assembly had signed the impeachment notice against the Deputy Governor.
Earlier in the day, security was beefed up in the capital city with stern looking armed soldiers deployed to the entrance of the assembly complex. They were later replaced with the conventional anti-riot policemen.
Journalists had difficulties accessing the complex, as the policemen said their refusal was based on a directive from the Sergeant at- Arms of the assembly.
They, however, opened the gate later following the intervention of the Information Officer attached to the assembly.
Members of the state House of Assembly drove into the assembly at about 2.00 p.m. in a Government House bus with number plate BYGH 348 and headed straight to the floor of the House.
Briefing members of the House, after deliberating on a petition by Mr. Kombowei Benson, over dismissal threat by the Civil Service Commission on the Surveyor General of the state, the Speaker said there was an impeachment notice against the Deputy Governor, Mr. Ebebi.
Though the content of the notice was not revealed to newsmen, the Speaker said it was signed by 17 of the 24 members in the House.
He, therefore, ordered that the notice be served on members of the House, including the embattled Deputy Governor while the House is expected to reconvene today.
Leading the House on the subject matter, was its leader, Mr. Nadu Karibo, who said the notice was in conformity with section 188 sub section 2 of the 1999 constitution.
Karibo said that one-third of the members were required to sign an impeachment notice, stressing that with 17 members signing, â€œit is even more than the required number.â€
The sitting did not last more than 35 minutes as the 17 lawmakers were later driven away in the bus that brought them to the complex.