The Federal House of Representatives has taken over the functions of the Kogi State House of Assembly, subsequent to the lingering crisis that is going on there.
This happened during the Lower House plenary on Wednesday in which the federal house also directed the Inspector General of Police, Solomon Arase to seal the state assembly until the crisis is resolved.
In taking the decision at plenary, the House said its action was in line with the provision of Section 11 (4) of the 1999 Constitution, which says the National Assembly could take over the functions of any state assembly that is enmeshed in crisis. Kogi-Assembly
The crisis began when five members of the Kogi assembly purportedly impeached the speaker Momoh Jimoh Lawal and elected Umar Imam as new speaker. The lower chamber’s action will take effect as soon as the Senate concurs.