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Ortom/Akume rift: Security personnel cordon off Benue Assembly

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By Peter Duru

Makurdi—Armed security personnel, yesterday, cordoned off the premises of Benue State House of Assembly, following rumours of an impending impeachment of  Speaker of the House, Terkimbi Ikyange

This came as the rift between Governor Samuel Ortom and Senator George Akume, including forces kicking against the implementation of the Benue grazing law, deepened.

This is just as Executive Chairman of the Benue Internal Revenue Service, BIRS, Mrs. Mimi Adzape-Orubibi, and his Urban Development Board counter, Richard Agwa, were relieved of their appointments by the governor just 48 hours after supposed loyalists of Akume in the State Executive Council were booted out of office.

Meanwhile, the security personnel, who were led by state Commissioner of Police, Fatai Owoseni, took strategic positions at the Assembly, while the lawmakers carried on the business of the day without hinderance amid heightened tension.

At the end of the executive session of the lawmakers, the speaker told newsmen that the House adjourned plenary to August 15, adding that he was not aware of any plot to remove him from office.

Ikyange, who acknowledged that the last one week had witnessed heightened political tension in the state, also denied that there were subterranean moves by the lawmakers to impeach Governor Ortom.

Reacting, Benue State Police Commissioner, Fatai Owoseni, said the presence of security personnel within the vicinity of the Assembly was primarily to avert any form of breakdown of law and order at the assembly complex.


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