Gale of Suspensions in Kogi as Assembly suspends 9 members, 8 LG chairmen

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Kogi State House of Assembly on Thursday suspended nine of it’s members for alleged gross misconduct bothering on terrorism.

The suspension also affected eight council chairmen and three vice chairmen on account of anti party activities.

The suspension of the lawmakers was sequel to a correspondence from the State Governor, Yahaya Bello to the speaker while that of the council chairmen and vice chairmen was based on a correspondence from the State APC, chairman, Abdullahi Bello.

Speaker of the House, Prince Mathew Kolawole while reading the two letters at plenary on Thursday, said the official letter from the Governor alleged that the lawmakers were involved in terrorist activities based on security report.

He however said that the correspondence from the state APC Chairman alleged that the chairmen and some vice chairmen carried out anti-party activities in the just concluded general elections.

Contributing to debate on the allegation levelled against them, the Deputy Speaker, Rt Hon Alfa Rabiu Momoh Ankpa 11 state constituency, supported the suspension of lawmakers , saying the state is bigger than any personal interest and that lawmakers should not be found contravening the law.

Also Hon Collins Musa , Omala state constituency aligned himself with the Deputy Speaker arguing that issue that borders on terrorism is too grate to sweep under the carpet.

The House therefore placed the nine lawmakers on suspension until investigation is concluded.

The suspended lawmakers include, Daniya Rayin of Bassa constituency, Muktar Bajeh the majority leader of the House from Okehi constituency, Kilani Olumo, Ijumu constituency, Moses Akande, Ogori-Magongo constituency, Lawi Ahmed, Okene 1 constituency, Atule Igbunu Ibaji constituency, Suleiman Attajachi Musa, Idah constituency, Aderonke Aro, Yagba West constituency and Bello Hassan Abdullahi, Ajaokuta constituency.

Also the suspended chairmen with their vice chairmen include, Ogori-magongo, Kabba-Bunu, and Bassa, while those with suspended chairmen are Yagba West, Adavi, Ajaokuta, and Ibaji.

Similarly, the House has approved the suspension of Lokoja Local Government, Dansabe Muhammed based on allegation of misappropriation of funds to the tune of over N150 million.

The councillors and the Vice Chairman had written a letter accusing the council boss of reckless financial spending and misappropriation of funds without recourse to legal order.

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