SENATE yesterday concurred with the House of Representatives in condemning the impeachment of the Speaker of Kogi State House of Assembly, Hon Momoh Jimoh, by a minority number, and asked the police to provide enabling environment for the removal of all undemocratic ethos leading to breach of peace in the state assembly.
Senate equally condemned the role played by the Nigerian Police in subverting the provisions of the constitution by providing cover for only five members out of 20 members of the State House of Assembly to commit illegalities and further directed the Inspector General of Police, IGP Solomon Arase to seal the State Assembly complex until the matter is resolved.
The lawmakers took the decision, following a motion of concurrence from the lower House. The lower House is constitutionally empowered to take-over and legislate for any State Assembly, incapable of carrying out legislative business.
However, Senator Dino Melaye (APC Kogi West) told his colleagues that the matter is before a court and as such, Senate will be guilty of subjudice if it goes ahead to grant the prayers from the House of Representatives. Senator Melaye added that Senate should properly guide the members of the House when they derail into illegalities.
In his contribution, Senator Emmanuel Bwacha (PDP Taraba) said a lot of questions needed to be asked but since the motion is for concurrence, Senate should in the spirit of bi-cameral legislature, concur with the lower House, adding, “ The situation in Kogi Assembly is a kind of political brigandry and should not be accommodated”.
Senator James Manager drew the attention of his colleagues to the level of insecurity and political gangsterism in Kogi State House of Assembly widely reported in the media, saying: “This is a matter of concurrence from the House of Representatives. Well, since this is a matter of concurrence, then let us concur”.
The Senate President, Bukola Saraki warned that just as Senate has concurred with the House, the takeover should not be indefinite. He revealed that the illegality in Kogi cut across party lines, adding that taking cognizance of the degree of violence and insecurity going on the state, the Police should quickly seal off the complex and ensure normalcy is restored within the shortest possible time.

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