By Simon Ebegbulem
ACTIVITIES at the popular Ring Road and the Edo State House of Assembly were disrupted for several hours yesterday, when youths, market women and elders from Uhumnwonde Local Government Area of the state protested the continued suspension of their representative in the state House of Assembly, Mrs Elizabeth Ativie.
The protesters, who lamented that the people of the area are being deprived of the opportunity of effective representation, described her continued suspension as political victimisation, which, according to them, is unacceptable.
The former Deputy Speaker of the House, Mrs Ativie, was suspended after the change of leadership in the House following her alleged failure to return one of the Prado Jeeps meant for the office of the Speaker.
The protesters, under the aegis of the Coalition of Uhunmwode Youths for Strategic Development, were led by its President, Mr. Ehigiator James.
However, the Deputy Speaker of the House, Victor Edoror, who addressed the protesters, explained that the suspension of Ativie has not been lifted due to her alleged refusal to appear before the committee set up to investigate her.
He said: “Tell her no man’s head can be shaved in his or her absence; she should appear before the committee.”