BREAKING: Plateau assembly speaker impeached

The speaker of the Plateau State House of Assembly, Abok Ayuba, was on Thursday impeached by 8 out of the 24 members of the House.

This occurred at an unusual sitting presided over by the Deputy Speaker of the House, Hon. Saleh Yipmong.

The lawmakers elected Hon Yakubu Sanda, representing Pengana Constituency, as new Speaker.

Eight members gained access to the House as early as 6am to carry out the act.

They operated under the heavy presence of armed security personnel.

The lawmakers attempted to impeach the Speaker on Wednesday night but could not succeed.

Meanwhile, Hon. Nanbol Daniel, (PDP, Langtang North Central) said that the impeachment would not hold because it did not follow the House rules on impeachment of the speaker and deputy speaker.

Recall that the speaker has been under fire since the unrest that bedeviled some communities in Jos North and Bassa LGA, where several people were killed, many injured and others displaced from their ancestral homes.

The House of Assembly had given the state governor a two-week ultimatum to take action on the resolutions forwarded to him on “security matters and how to restore peace in the State.”

The House also called on the governor to come up with a statement defending the citizenry in the wake of the myriad of security challenges bedeviling the state.

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